COVINGTON — In a battle of St. Tammany Parish schools, it was the St. Scholastica Lady Doves sweeping past the Fontainebleau Bulldogs on Tuesday afternoon.
The nondistrict game was highly anticipated in the area, but it was all Lady Doves in a 25-20 25-10, 25-22 sweep.
St. Scholastica coach Lauren Beattie said she was pleased with her team’s effort, although it wasn’t perfect.
“I actually didn’t think we ever found our rhythm,” Beattie said. “However, the effort and fight our team showed tonight was something we have been working on all year long. We know we have the talent, but the fight and effort is what is going to take this team to the next level.”
SSA (6-2) was led by Gabby Chaix, who finished the match with nine kills. Jessica Lucio had seven kills and four digs. Allison Weimer added five kills and two blocks. Emma Estapa had 29 assists to go along with six digs.
Fontainebleau (1-7) was led by Christine Kugelmann and Tiffany Marlbrough six kills apiece. Marlbrough also added 13 assists and Emily Campbell had 10 aces.
Coming back from a 8-2 deficit in Game 1 to win 25-20, SSA scored 15 of the final 16 points of the second game to win easily 25-10.
“Our serving was on point throughout the entire match and particularly in the second game,” Beattie said. “(Fontainebleau) had a hard time passing our serves. We did a very good job of being aggressive.”
The Lady Doves were able to empty their bench in the third game and still came away with the 25-22 victory to clinch the match.
“One of the biggest bright spots of this team is how deep we are,” Beattie said. “It is something I am lucky to have as a coach. I have the ability to put anyone on the roster in the game and they can go out there and help us win. This team is full of a bunch of good athletes and hopefully it will help us as the season progresses.”
Falling to 1-7 on the season, Bulldogs coach Kacie Mule said she hopes her young team will learn their lessons before the start of the district play.
“This was a tough loss,” she said. “You have to give credit to SSA. They are an extremely talented team. Unfortunately, we are just a very young team offensively and defensively. Most of the time out on the court we are going to have two freshmen and two sophomores. We are taking our lumps thus far this season.
“I knew this was going to be a rebuilding year. We are going to try and continue to grow every day. That is all we can do. Every game is going to be a teachable moment. These girls are young and have only three seniors. Hopefully by the time district comes around, we will be ready. We are going to keep working and try and get better each time we go out on the court. That is all we can really do.”