Volleyball: Dominican downs Country Day, Ash rallies past Pope John Paul, Chalmette takes thriller at Riverside
Area Prep Volleyball Report for Friday, Sept. 24
In a battle of defending state champions, Division I champion Dominican went to Metairie and fought off Division V titlist Country Day 25-22, 29-27, 27-29, 25-14.
Anne Hardouin led Dominican with 16 kills and 13 digs, Camryn Chatellier had 13 kills, Noelie Haddad had 10 kills and Smith finished with eight kills, three blocks and three aces. Brooke Couret and Gracie Ely each had 15 digs while Caroline Lavie had 13 digs and Kate Baker finished with nine digs and two blocks.
Nia Washington led the Cajuns with 18 kills, Ellie Schneider had 17 kills and four blocks, Maggie Schneider finished with 23 assists and four blocks and Emma Launey had 22 assists. Evelyn Rivas had three aces while Ellison Vosbein had 16 digs.
Dominican (11-0) returns to action Tuesday, hosting always tough St. Joseph’s Academy in a rematch of last year’s title match at 6 p.m. while Country Day (3-2) will entertain E.D. White Catholic Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Chalmette continued its early season success with a five-set thriller, beating Riverside Academy 23-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-12, 15-5 in Reserve.
Krislenn Lucas led the Owls with 16 kills and three blocks, JoDee McMichael had 11 kills and three blocks and Bryla Major finished with seven kills and five blocks. Alivyah Peters had 35 assists. Hailey Lobre finished with 16 digs and served two aces, Admonished Harris had 13 digs and Trinity Fortuna added 11 digs. Gabby Landry added three blocks and Armoni Harris had two aces.
“We started in June with workouts,” Chalmette coach Mallory Chiapetta said. “We had a rough start with the beginning of the season due to COVID. Having to cancel our jamboree and scrimmages, then with Hurricane Ida, we were out for three weeks. These girls were ready to get back to normalcy. I’m very proud of the way they came together as a team with so much determination to prepare.”
Chiapetta said it is an extremely close-knit team.
“They are truly the definition of a team,” Chiapetta said. “They are not just friends but they are family. They pick each other up on and off the court. It’s about the team, not the individual. We have learned the hard way with not starting matches strong. We need everyone to excel. As the saying goes, it is not how you start but how you finish and the girls are finishing strong!”
Chalmette (5-1) returns to action Tuesday, hosting Archbishop Chapelle at 5:30 p.m. while the Rebels (0-2) return to action today, hosting Haynes Academy at 4:30 p.m.
In a rematch of last year’s Division IV state championship match, Academy of the Sacred Heart remained unbeaten, coming from behind to defeat Pope John Paul II 23-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-23 at home.
Cami Cavis led the Cardinals with 15 kills while Mary Caroline Mazzanti had 13 kills. Marian Graffagnini had an outstanding overall performance with 25 assists and five aces. Katherine Hall had 30 receptions, Catherine Bonura finished with 21 digs and Gigi Gibbens had three blocks.
The Cardinals will play at McGehee next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Area Prep Volleyball Results from Thursday, Sept. 23
Abramson Sci Academy over St. Mary’s Academy 25-20, 25-23, 25-21
Academy of Our Lady over South Terrebonne 25-6, 25-11, 25-16
Academy of Sacred Heart over Pope John Paul II 23-25, 25-22, 25-11, 25-23
Belle Chasse over De La Salle 25-7, 25-12, 25-11
Ben Franklin over Haynes Academy 25-22, 25-15, 25-15
Chalmette over Riverside Academy 23-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-12, 15-5
Crescent City Christian over Douglass 25-9, 25-7, 25-7
Dominican over Country Day 25-22, 29-27, 27-29, 25-14
East Iberville over Donaldsonville 25-17, 25-21, 25-22
Franklinton over Independence 25-8, 25-10, 25-13
Hahnville over John Curtis Christian 30-28, 25-16, 24-26, 25-15
Lusher Charter over Morris Jeff Community 25-13, 25-15, 25-17
Mandeville over Fontainebleau 25-20, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18
McDonogh 35 over Livingston Collegiate 14-25, 25-16, 14-25, 18-25
Mount Carmel Academy over Cabrini 25-14, 25-12, 25-19
Newman over St. Martin’s Episcopal 25-19, 25-17, 25-19
Northlake Christian over Lakeshore 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 15-8
Northshore over Archbishop Chapelle 25-16, 28-26, 25-11
Slidell over Ponchatoula 25-17, 25-18, 25-19
St. Scholastica over Pearl River 25-11, 25-11, 25-10
St. Thomas Aquinas over Salmen 25-22, 25-16, 25-23
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