Dominican evened its season series with Chapelle, taking a 25-22, 24-26, 25-20, 24-20 victory on Tuesday evening in Metairie.
In the match between two District 6-I rivals, neither team had more than a three-point lead by the 15-point mark of the first set.
“I was worried because they’re a very good team, solid, all the way around,” Dominican coach Jessica Chatellier said. “I was nervous. This is exactly what happened at our place last time we played them.
“We came through. We made some big plays when we needed to and we were able to take the match.”
Chatellier is in the first year of her second stint as Dominican’s coach.
Dominican (21-10, 4-2) entered the game as the second-ranked team in The New Orleans Advocate’s large school poll, while Chapelle entered Tuesday’s match ranked fourth.
Laura Lorio had a team-high 17 kills for Dominican. Sara Bordelon had 25 assists.
Kayla Jones led Chapelle with 16 kills and 27 digs.
Dominican came off a defeat of Northlake Christian in the Maggie Miller Invitational tournament at Country Day.
In the first match, the Chipmunks (14-11, 5-2) scored first as Jones tapped the ball over the net.
The first set was tied five times before the 10-point mark and Chapelle’s Samantha Mracich had a kill that tied the set at 4-4. Another kill by Jones had the Chipmunks up 7-4.
Despite trading leads for most of the second set, the Chipmunks pulled ahead and won.
Dominican’s Lorio tipped the ball over the net to give her squad a 2-1 lead.
With the scored tied at 5-5, Alexis Cosse’s kill gave Chapelle a one-point advantage.
Dominican extended its lead to 10-7 after blocking a Chapelle hit. With the score tied at 15-15, Bailey Mauterer’s kill put her team up by one.
“Momentum was something we struggled with, getting it on our side,” Chapelle coach Shannon Spaffford said. “We would have those short bursts but we could never keep the momentum on our side for a long period of time.”
Later, Lorio tipped the ball over the net to put Dominican up 18-15. She then had a hit that put her team up 23-20.
The Chipmunks then scored two more points then tied the game at 23-23 when what looked to be a hit by Dominican was then ruled out.
A kill by Chapelle’s Jones tied the game at 24-24 and started a small scoring run that ended the match.
After the 15-point mark of the third set Dominican started to pull away and had three times where it led by five points and one where it had one of its largest leads, a six-point advantage.