By Kyle Roberts
If you like volleyball, you’d have loved the Bearcat Brawl this weekend.
Spanning two days with multiple schools from all over the state of Louisiana, competition was fierce across the board on Friday and Saturday at the Indoor Sports Complex in Ruston.
Four courts on both days hosted schools that included Ruston, West Monroe, Morgan City, Dutchtown, Haughton, John Curtis, East Ascension, Denham Springs, Airline, Isidore Newman, Ponchatoula, Parkway, Catholic P.C., Sulphur, and Live Oak.
“It’s not too often in North Louisiana that there is a tournament with 15 teams, and half of those in the top 15 in the state in their own divisions,” Ruston head coach Lucie Hunt said of the event. “The Bearcat Brawl has grown over the past few years, and it’s because we are able to draw some of those competitive teams from all over the state. Volleyball in North Louisiana is gaining traction, and we have teams all over competing for playoff spots in every division.”
While Ruston did not finish with the results it had originally hoped for, it was still great preparation for the Lady Bearcats as district season is about to get into full swing.
“Playing teams like we did this weekend only helps prepare us for the future,” Hunt said. “We are almost to the halfway point of the season, and being able to battle point for point with these competitive teams will only make us better.”
The Lady Bearcats are 1-0 in district play, and will host Natchitoches Central at home Tuesday, with freshmen starting at 4 p.m., junior varsity at 5 p.m., and varsity beginning at 6 p.m.
Home matches have been well attended and the atmosphere has proven fun for fans to come watch.
“These girls love playing for Ruston High, and they wear that Ruston jersey with pride,” Hunt said. “We love having the community support and want everyone to come out to Ruston High School as much as they can. These girls work hard and love having the support of the community behind them.”
Playoffs will begin in November.
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