The John Curtis Patriots remained unbeaten on the season but it wasn’t easy as the Patriots had to rally past Chapelle in five games Tuesday night.
Curtis extended their unbeaten start to the season to 10 and snapped Chapelle’s three-match winning streak.
“We hadn’t gone five sets with anybody yet, so this was a good thing for us to try to get in shape,” Curtis coach Dawn Curtis said.
Chapelle led most of the way in the first game. Curtis kept within one or two points until the score was 12-10. After that Chapelle went on a 13-6 run to close it out and take a 1-0 match lead.
Curtis opened stronger in the second game. The Patriots overcame an early deficit and built a 13-9 lead and seemed in control. Chapelle looked to have righted the ship after scoring five straight points coming out of a timeout.
However, Dawn Curtis called a timeout for Curtis and they quickly recaptured momentum by taking the next eight points to pull away and finish the game 25-18.
Chapelle controlled most of the third game, pulling away early on and almost doubling up Curtis by a score of 25-13 and putting them one game away from victory.
The Patriots had their backs against the wall and played like it in the fourth game. With the game tied at 10, Curtis rattled off six straight points to take a commanding lead. They dominated the game from that point, though Chapelle did stage a small rally before Curtis secured the win 25-16 to set up a decisive fifth game.
The final game was tight throughout. Curtis went ahead 4-2, and the sides traded off points until the Patriots led 14-13 and Chapelle shanked a return volley to give Curtis the 15-13 win for the game and the match.
“We just rallied back and forth. ... It was just who had the momentum,” said Curtis’ Sarah Drake. “And thank goodness we had the momentum at the end. We finished our plays, we did what we had to do and just got it done.”
Curtis will next take on Riverside at home Thursday. Cabrini will try to start another winning streak on the road against Mount Carmel, also on Thursday.