In a matchup between two of the premier teams in the parish, St. Scholastica defeated Mandeville 25-19, 25-16 and 25-14 Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, St. Scholastica (13-3) extended its winning streak to six. The Doves were led by Jessica Lucio’s nine kills. Lucio’s also had six digs to go along with a pair of aces. Mikayla Richard had six kills, seven digs and two aces. Emma Estapa had a game-high 25 assists to go along with four digs and a pair of aces.
“It helps when you don’t make errors, and we were fortunate to play very well today,” SSA coach Lauren Beattie said. “Our goal every day in practice is to eliminate errors and make our side of the court better. We did a really good job of that tonight, especially in our serving. We served tough tonight.”
The No. 7 team in the Advocate Large Schools rankings, Mandeville (7-6) was led by Sarah Rinaudo and Emily Boylan, who each had five kills. Rinuado also had 10 assists and three aces.
Ali Leblanc and Reagan Rogers each had 10 digs in the loss for the Skippers.
“The runs (SSA) went on were the difference between them winning and us losing,” Mandeville coach Jody Walker said. “I talk about our serving every match and when we serve well, we usually play well. Tonight we didn’t do that and that was one of the reasons we didn’t play as well as we are capable of. I think we took a step backward tonight.
“We didn’t serve as well as we can and should.”
The third-ranked team in the Advocate Large School rankings, St. Scholastica used a 5-0 run with the first game tied 15-15 to take control en route to victory.
Tied 10-10 in the second game, SSA erupted for another run, this time 9-2 to take command of the game and a 2-0 game lead. Tied 7-7 in the third game, another SSA run, this time 13-4, gave the Doves a 20-11 lead and all but sealed the match.
Chaix said the runs her squad was able to go on were the difference in the match.
“When we are able to play with a lead like we did tonight it just makes the game so much easier,” Chaix said. “You can play comfortable and we are able to just do what we are supposed to do. It’s not even looking at the scoreboard. When we are playing well we just know it because everything is flowing well.
“Then you can look up at the scoreboard and we get to see a positive result of what we are doing well.”