Mount Carmel sweeps Chapelle _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Chapelle's Samantha Mracich blocks the shot of Mount Carmel's Marissa Lagasse in a Tuesday match at Chapelle in Metairie.

Despite a push from Chapelle in the second set, Mount Carmel swept the Chipmunks 25-11, 25-23, 25-15 Tuesday in Metairie.

With the win, Mount Carmel stays undefeated in Division I, District 6, its only losses this season against nemesis St. Joseph’s.

“They’re a great team. They’re great defensively,” Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone said about Chapelle. “I know we’re bigger than they are, but they always play great defense. “

For Hagadone, the Chipmunks were finding ways to get points on her team during the second set.

“Chapelle seemed to be doing everything right,” she said. “We were doing everything wrong at that moment. They came out and got a couple of blocks on us, got us a little tentative. We were able to pull it together and inch our way back in the game.”

Leading Mount Carmel (39-2, 10-0) were Katie Kampen (19 kills), Jillian Clark (38 assists), Megan Davenport (eight blocks) and Kellie Kampen (18 digs and three aces).

“We just had to settle down and pick it up one point at a time,” Kampen said. “We all really just came together and picked up some energy.”

For Chapelle (14-13, 5-3), Kayla Jones had seven kills and 12 digs. Emily Kennedy added 13 digs, Mallory Knudsen had 15 assists and Kaylin Madron chipped in 12 digs.

Chapelle coach Shannon Spafford said she was pleased with her team’s effort, specifically in the second set.

“I’m incredibly proud of the girls tonight,” she said. “They fought their hearts out. Anytime we play Mount Carmel or Dominican, it’s always an emotional game. I think they put their emotions aside tonight and played the game they knew how to play. It was just tremendous to watch.”

Mount Carmel entered the match as the top school in The New Orleans Advocate’s large school poll while Chapelle was fourth.

The Cubs just evened their series with archrival St. Joseph’s in the Kenner Volleyball Classic on Saturday

Mount Carmel had a strong advantage in the first set and won the second despite Chapelle holding a lead at different points.

In the first set, Mount Carmel kept the lead with the exception of three ties. The Cubs held Chapelle under double figures for much of the set. The Chipmunks eclipsed that barrier to cut the lead to 22-10.

A kill by Brianna Witchen gave the Cubs a 15-6 lead and a 7-0 scoring run.

After Mount Carmel extended the run by one, a hit by Chapelle’s Alexis Cosse ended the scoring drought.

Chapelle had a different second set and at one point held a 19-15 lead. Kampen then had a kill that trimmed the Cubs’ deficit. The Chipmunks maintained a slim lead until Mount Carmel tied the score at 20-20.