The winning streak now stands at 12.
St. Scholastica swept pass Lakeshore 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 Tuesday afternoon for their 12th straight win as the Lady Doves improved to 19-3 overall and 4-0 in District 8-4A.
Ranked No. 3 in The Advocate Large School poll, SSA was led by Jessica Lucio’s 17 kills, five digs and two aces. Gabby Chaix and Allison Weimer combined for 14 kills and Emma Estapa had a game-high 34 assists and six digs.
Avenging a pair of losses last year to the Titans, Chaix said it was nice to finally come out victorious against Lakeshore.
“It was insanely important for us to win this, especially after what happened last year,” she said. “It was a huge upset and I honestly think that pushed us today. Even in the third game when we had moments of weakness, the thoughts about what happened last year drove us to get this thing done and finished.”
In a battle between the top two teams in the district, the opening game was tied at 18-18 before St. Scholastica went on a 7-0 to take the game and a 1-0 lead.
Falling behind 6-3 in the second game, the Lady Doves went on an impressive 16-3 run to take a 19-9 lead en route to the 25-16 win. A back-and-forth Game 3 saw SSA score the final four points to take the victory.
“We look at this season as one match at a time and really one point at a time,” Estapa said. “We know Lakeshore is one of the best teams in the district, but we looked at it as just another opponent we have to beat if we want to be district champions. We didn’t look at the name on the jersey. Our approach is we worry about what we are doing and make sure we go out there and do our thing.”
Chaix said the runs in the first and second games were the difference in the match.
“It goes back to what I said,” she said. “We remember the two losses we had to those guys and we didn’t want it to happen again.
“When we fell behind early in the first two games, we just kept telling ourselves that we know we are better than this and we were fortunate enough to go on the runs like we did.”
Ranked No. 9 in The New Orleans Advocate Large School poll, Lakeshore (16-7, 3-1) was led by Julia Dean’s five kills and Ally Shecck had three kills.
Caroline Golden had seven assists to go along with a pair of aces.
“We don’t leave this gym disappointed at all,” Lakeshore coach Jennifer Hebert said. “We had our fair share of chances and had some early leads.
“We have had to make some big changes in the lineup due to injuries and illness over the past couple of weeks and it is effecting us. I am proud of how my team fought until the very end.”