Mount Carmel made Senior Night a special one by sweeping Country Day on Thursday afternoon.
“It feels great because these girls have been so awesome,” Mount Carmel senior Megan Davenport said after the Cubs’ 25-16, 25-20, 25-16.
Mount Carmel finished its regular season 43-2 and did not drop a game over its past seven matches.
“I told them it’s their last regular-season home game ... and they need to stay focused,” Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone said. “I was really happy with our performance.”
Hagadone praised her seniors after the game, saying she had never seen better leadership.
“They know what it takes to win,” she said. “They know what hard work does. And they really set an example for the younger players.”
The first game was tightly contested most of the way. Mount Carmel took the lead, but the Cajuns managed to stay within three or four points.
Finally, Mount Carmel went on a roll and pulled away to win 25-16.
Country Day came out strong to open Game 2.
After a small rally the Cajuns briefly held a 5-3 lead. Briefly. The Cubs then answered with a 10-2 run to take a commanding lead. Country Day did rally back to make a game of it, but Mount Carmel prevailed 25-20.
Like the first two, Game 3 was tight at the beginning, but Mount Carmel took control before long and stretched their lead out to 21-11. They fended off one last Cajuns rally to win 25-16.
There was a ceremony honoring the seniors after the game. It ended with Hagadone and the parents doing a rehearsed dance off on the court, to the amusement of most observing.
“At the beginning it was embarrassing, but it’s normal now, we expect it,” Davenport said.
“It was the best it could have been,” said Jillian Clark. “We were not expecting that at all.”