Dominican, Ben Franklin among Tuesday’s local volleyball winners

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Area Prep Volleyball Report for Wednesday, Sept. 15

While many continue to struggle and deal with the disaster that was Hurricane Ida and remain in our prayers, some of the metro New Orleans area is starting to move forward with normal activities, allowing the prep volleyball season to get underway.

With a young team, Dominican captured the Division I state championship last November at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, the first state title in the program’s history.

Anyone hoping to dethrone Dominican this season is going to have a difficult time.

Dominican remained unbeaten Tuesday with a 21-25, 25-16, 25-10, 25-13 victory at Dutchtown.

Anne Hardouin led the way with 13 kills, 12 digs and four blocks. O’Neil Haddad finished with 12 kills and four blocks. Camryn Chatellier and Zoe Smith each had 10 kills. Kate Baker contributed nine kills and 49 assists. Caroline Lavie produced 20 digs while Gracie Ely had 13 and Kate Baker dished up 49 assists, had 23 digs and finished with eight kills.

Head coach Jessica Chatellier is very pleased that her team is getting a chance to play.

“Our girls are so excited to be playing,” Chatellier said. “We played at a tournament at Dutchtown this past Saturday. We got in four matches Saturday. Winning two out of three, rather than three-out-of-five is quite different. We lost our scrimmages as well. This was the first best-of-five match we played. We got the whole experience.”

The win did not come easy.

“Dutchtown came out on fire, with a very good team with an excellent setter and their middle was ready to play as well,” Chatellier said. “We were a little behind the pace initially. It took us about a set and a half to get going. Once we got into the pace we like to play, we definitely turned it on and showed our versatility. It definitely helps to have different people to go with.”

Coming off of the state title, what is the mindset of the Dominican squad?

“I think the motivation is there,” Chatellier said. “They celebrated and enjoyed it but it is 2021 and nobody really cares who won last year. It’s all about building what we need to do this year. They have been focused from day one this year. It’s all about building on success daily.”

The Griffins (5-2) were led by Alex Logarbo with seven kills.

Dominican (5-0) is supposed to play at Ben Franklin today before playing the Catholic League tournament this weekend. Today’s match is contingent on being able to play with the effects of Hurricane Nicholas on the metro area.

The Ben Franklin program is always been good, often excellent under legendary coach Jodee Pulizzano, who has led the Falcons to six state championships and three state runner-up finishes, most recently in 2019.

The Falcons got off to a good start to the 2021 season, downing St. Martin’s 25-21, 25-13, 25-11 Tuesday in the season opener for both teams in Metairie.

Senior Grace Delpit led the way with eight kills and 12 digs while senior Annabel Allen had eight kills. Freshman Lilly Mayes had 13 assists and sophomore Aubrey Muirhead served five aces.

Area Prep Volleyball Results from Tuesday, Sept. 14
Archbishop Hannan over Pope John Paul II 25-11, 25-16, 25-13
Ben Franklin over St. Martin’s Episcopal 25-21, 25-13, 25-11
Dominican over Dutchtown 21-25, 25-15, 25-10, 25-13
Franklinton over Bogalusa 25-7, 25-19, 25-15
Lutcher over Ascension Catholic 25-21, 25-17, 25-21
Northshore over Mandeville 16-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22

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