It had been four long years since the St. Joseph’s Academy Redstickers won a volleyball championship.Their patience was rewarded, however, on Saturday in the Division I Championship against Mt. Carmel.St. Joseph’s avenged its only loss of the season with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 17-25, 15-11 victory over the Cubs on Saturday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. It was the first state title since 2009 for top-seeded St. Joseph’s and the school’s fourth overall.The Redstickers finished the season with a 45-1 record.Second-seeded Mt. Carmel (44-4) had reached five consecutive Division I title games and was the defending state champion. They defeated the Redstickers in a non-district match in September, but also lost two tournament games to St. Joseph’s this year.The title win over Mt. Carmel gave the Redstickers a 3-1 season record against what many perceived as their chief roadblock to a state title in 2013. St. Joseph’s earlier loss to Mt. Carmel came when they didn’t have the services of junior middle blocker Madison Daigle, who missed that contest due to injury.But on Saturday, Daigle – not to mention her teammates – were at their best. After the teams split the first four sets, 2-2, St. Joseph’s raced out to an 8-4 lead in the fifth and deciding set. The Cubs closed to within one point, 9-8, on consecutive kills by Katie Kampen and Kristen Nuss, and then tied it at 11 on an ace by Jillian Clark.A block by Daigle and a kill Katherine Young made the score 13-11 in favor of the Redstickers. A kill by Morgan Bell and an a Kampen kill attempt that sprayed wide ended the marathon match.

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