WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - The Westlake Volleyball team is no stranger to success. The Lady Rams are headed back to the state quarterfinals for the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons, but just getting there is not enough.
“A lot of these kids played last year and we made it to the quarterfinal round with an upset, and a lot of those players this year have stepped up and that’s what makes us so good”, head coach Gloria Fontenot said.
“We have a lot of talent, so as soon as we all figured that out with all the practice and all the hard work that we put in, it has become a great group of girls”, senior Jena Johnson said.
A key cog in the Lady Rams' success over the years has been senior Jena Johnson. The middle hitter has taken on a leadership role during her final season and it’s been reflective in her play on the court. Johnson finished with 18 kills and 10 digs in the Rams second round win against Iota to send the team back to Kenner.
“Honestly I didn’t know if I was going to make the team, but I slowly progressed. I played varsity with Jade and Bethany and they helped me become who I am today”, Johnson said.
“Jena Johnson has started for four years for me here at Westlake. She’s a very good player, team leader, shows by example, goes hard everyday, is all about her team, I mean I could go on and on”, said Fontenot.
“I’ve tried to be like Jena since my freshman year and I think I’m doing a pretty good job, I love Jena", junior Keonda Johnson said.
Westlake takes on De La Salle Thursday with the season on the line and an opportunity to advance to the semifinals for the first time in school history.
“We just need to show up and play our game, play as a team, and want it more than them. I believe we’re the better team and I feel that we’re ready going into this.”, said Fontenot.