The Mount Carmel Cubs won their second straight match to improve to 10-1 on the season with a sweep of St. Scholastica (25-11, 25-15, 25-18).
The loss was St. Scholastica’s first of the season. It dropped the Doves to 4-1.
Despite the sweep, St. Scholastica gave Mount Carmel a good fight.
“SSA is a really great ball club,” Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone said. “They’re very well-coached; they have some strong hitters and some strong defense. I think we played well; we were in rhythm tonight.”
It was a strong overall team effort by the Cubs.
“One of our leaders would always step up and put the ball where it was needed,” Hagadone said.
St. Scholastica came out strong in the third set, not going out without a fight. It clawed its way to a 10-7 lead before Mount Carmel called for a timeout and racked up eight consecutive points to take the lead for good.
St. Scholastica did keep it close the rest of the way.
“In the third game, we kind of let it slip away,” Mount Carmel center Jillian Clark said. “But we didn’t let it get to us, and we still came out strong.
“SSA is a very good team, one of the better teams in the state, and we just have to keep pushing like this for every team we go through. Start strong and finish strong.”
Clark led Mount Carmel with 32 assists while Katie Kampen led in kills with 14 kills, Kristen Nuss with 21 digs and Megan Davenport with seven blocks and three aces. Davenport also had 11 kills.
St. Scholastica will next take on Mandeville at home Tuesday.
Mount Carmel will try to build off this win and extend their streak to three with a home game against Bonnabel on Thursday.
“These teams exploit our weaknesses, and that’s how we get better,” Clark said. “All of our (opponents) are very good this year, and playing against them makes everyone better.”