In Wednesday’s volleyball match between Dominican and Archbishop Chapelle, neither had pulled away with a strong lead until the fourth set.
Dominican held the lead through much of the fourth set and eventually defeated the Chipmunks 25-27, 27-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-13 at Chapelle.
“To be quite honest, you don’t ever want to get to a fourth game,” Dominican coach Ashlee Smith said. “Our fourth game is our strongest. You hate to get there. When we’re down, we come out pushing. We play harder. We come out stronger in the fourth game.”
In the fourth set, Dominican (23-1, 6-2 District I-6) dominated and jumped out to a 10-point lead.
Dominican also overcame some errors in the fifth set in which the Chipmunks (29-5, 7-3) went on a 5-0 scoring run, which forced Dominican to call a timeout. Dominican’s Ashley Zamjahn made the winning hit.
For Dominican, Isabella LeBlanc finished with 24 kills. Sophie Miller had 21 digs. Sara Bordelon had 54 assists.
Randi De’Armitt led Chapelle with 16 kills, 35 digs and three aces.
“I told them, ‘You know what, we’re going for aces because that’s the only way were going to take this team.’ This team has good defense,” Smith said. “I didn’t think it was going to be this tight, but I was very confident in this game.We’re starting to gel as a team. Late October is when you need to start peaking and I told them that. We’re not there yet, which is great. We’re slowly getting (there) one step at a time. Yesterday was one, now today is another one.”
The match stayed close during the first three sets and Chapelle jumped out to one of its largest leads when it had a 17-11 advantage in the second game.
For Chapelle coach Jen Gandolph, Wednesday’s match didn’t have to go to five sets.
“It shouldn’t have happened,” she said about the fourth game in which Dominican jumped out to a 10-2 lead. “We had the capability of winning that match in three. Being up 18-13 in Game 2 and losing it, can’t let that happen. Dominican’s a gret team. They have a lot of ball control You give them a window of opportunity, they’re going to take it. W let them. It gave them momentum in the fourth and fifth game.”