Whenever a team suffers a tough loss, there is usually no better medicine than getting up and getting back to work the next day.
After falling short in an epic five-set match to rival St. Joseph’s on Tuesday, Mount Carmel bounced back with an emotional 25-12, 24-26, 25-9, 15-25, 17-15 five-set win over Cabrini in a nondistrict matchup at home Wednesday night.
“The five hours of volleyball we’ve played the last two days has been crazy,” Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone said. “We’re a roller-coaster right now, and we need to get it together. But overall, I’m happy we were able to come away with this win. This was big for our overall team growth.”
Finding themselves trailing 7-6 to start the first set, Mount Carmel (7-2) turned up the intensity.
The Cubs utilized a relentless offensive to take 17 of the next 18 points and finished off the set with a 25-12 win.
Despite MCA’s dominant showing in the first set, Cabrini (2-2) remained confident and took a back-and-forth second set that ended with back-to-back kills by Rakelle Spencer and Hannah Kennair, which gave Cabrini a 26-24 win.
“In the end, I’m proud of the way they fought, and they left it all out on the floor,” Cabrini first-year coach Kasey Laird said. “I keep reminding them it’s only Sept. 9 … so to be this far along this early in the season says a lot about our team.”
The loss in the second game seemed to motivate MCA, the No. 1 team in the New Orleans Advocate’s Large school rankings, as it reeled off nine straight points to start the third set and finished off with a 25-9 victory.
The Crescents responded once again with an impressive showing in the fourth set, running off a 12-point streak at one point before finishing with a 25-15 win.
But Mount Carmel leaned on its senior leaders and found a way to put things away in an extremely competitive 17-15 fifth set.
“We knew going in it was going to be tough match. Cabrini is a great team,” Mount Carmel outside hitter Kristen Nuss said. “After the loss to St. Joseph’s (Tuesday), we knew we would have to come out and play really hard today to get that momentum boost.”
Nuss followed her 26-kill performance in Tuesday’s loss with a team-high 18 kills Wednesday and also led the team with 29 digs. Ellie Holzman was also stout at the net for MCA, leading the team with 15 blocks.
Cabrini’s attack was led by Rakelle Spencer’s team-high 17 kills, which were mostly set up by Bailey Septing, who had 41 assists.