In a matchup of highly ranked volleyball teams, the Mount Carmel Cubs defeated the St. Scholastica Doves on Wednesday night in a nondistrict match at St. Scholastica’s gym in Covington.

The final score was in straight sets: 25-18, 29-27, 25-23.

Mount Carmel is first in the New Orleans Advocate’s Large School rankings. St. Scholastica is ranked third.

The match was tight throughout; with neither team gaining real momentum in any set. But the Cubs (8-2) pulled ahead when it mattered most.

“This takes a lot of determination, a lot of teamwork, to get the last set and to get the last point,” MCA freshman hitter Ellie Holzman said. “We’re happy with points and a lot of things, but we can work on a lot of things too.”

Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone agreed.

“I’m just not happy with the way we are finishing,” she said. “I keep telling them that champions earn it at the end of a game. We want to do that. But SSA is a good team. It’s a good win.”

In the first set, the teams battled back and forth until Mount Carmel took a 18-13 lead. The Cubs hunged on until they eventually put the set away on a Taylor Meyer kill down the right sideline.

The Doves mounted a 13-7 lead in the second set, but Mount Carmel stormed back to tie the score at 22. The teams jockeyed back and forth to a tied at 25 tie in the second. The Cubs earned the second set with an unforced error by SSA and a violation by the Doves to stake a 2-0 lead.

The third set, much like the first two, teetered back and forth. The Cubs put the match away on a long serve attempt by the Doves.

“I was pleased with the way we responded to adversity,” SSA coach Andrew Beyer said. “We just want to play hard against anyone at any time. Even if it’s Mount Carmel coming in to our gym, we expect to win.”

Kristen Nuss led the Cubs with 21 kills and 25 digs. Marissa Lagasse added 10 blocks and two aces. Kiersten Perry had 26 assists for the visitors.

Gabby Chaix and Allison Weimer both had seven kills for the Doves.

Alexis Colomb added 17 kills, and Annie Schwartz had 22 kills for St. Scholastica.