In one of the top matches of the day at the LHSAA Allstate Sugar Bowl state volleyball championships, Archbishop Chapelle defeated St. Joseph’s in the Division I quarterfinals Thursday night.
The Chipmunks (21-16) defeated the Redstickers (28-12) in four games, 20-25, 25-20, 28-26 and 25-14.
Chapelle advances to the state quarterfinals on Friday to take on the winner of No. 10 Comeaux and No. 2 Mandeville. The Division I semifinal is set to get underway at 3:30 p.m.
Chapelle was led by Kayla Joner, who had a game-high 22 kills and two blocks. Alexis Jones also had 10 kills. Hannah Volpi also had an outstanding game for the Chipmunks with 41 digs and 38 assists in the win.
“Couldn’t be any more proud of my team for this win,” Chipmunks coach Shannon Spafford said. “What a volleyball match. This is what our girls train for all year long. These types of games, executing and doing their jobs. It a match like this isn’t fun, I don’t know what is.”
A competitive match throughout with no team ever holding a lead bigger than five points in the first three games, St. Joseph’s benefited from a 7-3 run already up 19-17 in the opening game to close out Chapelle 25-20.
Trailing only 2-0 in the second game, Chapelle tied the match back up 1-1 with a 25-20 win in the second game. St. Joseph’s would tie the second game at 13-13, but a quick 5-2 Chipmunk run gave Chapelle the lead back for good at 18-15 en route to the victory.
In the third game St. Joseph’s fought off four game points in the game at 25 and then again at 26-26 before Chapelle scored the final two points of the match.
Riding the momentum of the game three victory, the Chipmunks easily won game four 25-13.
“The momentum we were able to gather out of the Game 3 win heading into what turned out to be the deciding Game 4 was huge,” Spafford said. “It definitely gave us the energy we needed. We fought for every single point.
“Our focus this season has been to focus on every single point no matter what the scoreboard said. We took it one at a time, even after giving up the lead like we did. We fought hard and did what we needed to do tonight against a very good St. Joseph’s squad.
The state runner-up in Division I from a year ago, St. Joseph’s was led by Fran Okpalobi who had 11 kills and eight blocks. Erin Landry added nine kills and Hannah Beene had five blocks in the loss. Melanie Miller and Megan Welsh combined for 64 digs for the Redstickers.