Natchitoches Central finishes season 29-6 in second round of playoffs

A season to remember, the Chiefs after celebrating their first round win

BethAnne Methvin

After a nail-biting four-set match, the Chiefs fell to Archbishop Chapelle of Metairie in their second-round playoff game. The Chiefs took an early lead after winning the first set 25-22 but failed to keep the lead in the following three sets. The Chiefs fought with determination and persevered through change, facing new lineup alterations in the final two sets. Through the whirlwind, the Chiefs maintained their composure, but were unable to even the score. The final three sets ended 25-20, 25-23 and 25-18, ending the match 3-1, Chapelle.

With the season behind them, the Chiefs can reflect on a historic season. After earning the District Champions distinction, defeating their long-time rivals Ruston High School and maintaining a winning record, the Chiefs obtained the #8 seed for playoffs. Their seeding guaranteed them a home playoff game, in which they made history by winning.

Since the team’s formation in 2016 by Andrea Nicole Murphy, it has quickly proven itself to be a successful program and garnered staff and student support, with the “teepee” packed with students each game.

The culture of the Natchitoches Central Volleyball team has also proven to foster academic excellence, as well as athletics, with three seniors recognized as members of the LHSAA All Academic Composite Team for maintaining a 4.0 GPA all four years of high school. Seniors recognized include BethAnne Methvin, Bailey Newlee and Shelbi Sampson.

Senior Makira Carpenter comments on her experience as part of NCHS volleyball saying, “From laughs and cries, these past four years have been so special to me. This season, especially as a senior, I wanted to prove to our school and community what we are capable of. After being named District Champions and breaking the first round in playoffs, I feel like we’ve succeeded. I am proud to have been a part of such a great program.”