Archbishop Chapelle pulled away from Cabrini in the fourth game to vanquish the Crescents 25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-16 Wednesday.
Cabrini jumped out to a 3-2 lead, but Chapelle (8-1) led by as much as 10 during the final game.
“I thought we passed pretty well,” Chapelle coach Jen Gandolph said. “We had a little bit of a lull in that second game, and I think that was what the problem was, why we couldn’t overcome it. We let them get pretty comfortable in that game.”
The second game featured six ties, however Cabrini (1-3) held off Chapelle.
“I think overall, offensively, we we’re very balanced,” Gandolph said “We got our middles (blockers) involved. Randi (De’Armitt) and Kayla (Jones) took care of what we needed them to do.”
De’Armitt led the Chipmunks with 20 kills and 20 digs. Kaylee Madron had six aces and Ashleigh Madron recorded 39 assists.
“We’re becoming a more balanced team, which I thought we really showed today, more than we have so far,” Gandolph said.
Gandolph said her team’s main flaw on Wednesday was passing and not staying focused.
“We weren’t as focused from point one to the very end,” she said. “We got a little comfortable in Game 4, which we won by a great margin. Mentally, I think we let it relax a little bit. I want to make sure we stay steady no matter what the score is, 1-0, 24-1, or 24-23. I want to keep the same go-fast mentality, keeping our pace.”
Crescents coach Greg Castillo said his team did not show any evidence of its progress in practice during the match.
“We’re going to have growing pains at the beginning of the season,” Castillo said. “What’s frustrating is stuff we’re working on in practice, we’re not doing it in the game. It’s frustrating.”
Cabrini won the Division II state championship in 2011, and Castillo said his team will have to make improvements to play at that level.
“We’re better than this,” he said. “I don’t know if they’re scared to make a mistake. We don’t go after balls. We can’t have that happen. If you want to be a state champion, you can’t have that happen. That’s what’s happening with us right now. I know it’s the beginning of the season. That shouldn’t happen at all.”