Mount Carmel surges past Dominican _lowres

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Mount Carmel's Marissa Lagasse, left, tries to knock the ball past Dominican blocker Amanda Callia on Tuesday.

Dominican had surges against Mount Carmel on Tuesday evening.

However, Mount Carmel had surges of its own as it swept host Dominican, 25-15, 25-16, 25-16.

During the third set, Dominican trailed 18-16, however, Mount Carmel ended with a 7-0 scoring run.

“That kind of brought our team back and refocused them. We made some final end-of-the game pushes I thought were really good,” Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone said. “Once we kind of got back into the game, we had maybe a big play, we had a big block at the end, a big over pass from Marissa Lagasse that kind of helped our team push toward the end of the game.”

Katie Kampen led the Cubs (42-2, 12-0 Division I, District 6) with a game-high 21 kills. Julia Clark had 36 assists. Megan Davenport had 11 blocks and Kellie Kampen had 17 digs.

“We know every time Mount Carmel and Dominican play each other, it’s going to be a dogfight,” Katie Kampen said. “We knew that going in.

“We had to clean up some errors, and we had to push through.”

Abby Buchert had seven kills to lead Dominican (25-14, 8-3) and Marli Baquet had 16 digs. Sara Bordelon had 13 assists.

While Mount Carmel has a final week, which also features a match with Country Day, it is in the top spot of The New Orleans Advocate Large Schools poll. Dominican is second.

In the first set, Mount Carmel started with a 2-1 lead and despite a couple of runs by Dominican, the Cubs held the advantage throughout the set.

Katie Kampen tipped the ball over the net to put the Cubs up 3-1. Mount Carmel continued its dominance when it amassed a 15-6 lead.

Dominican, however, went on a 2-0 run to cut the lead to 15-8.

When Laura Lorio tipped the ball over the net, she cut Mount Carmel’s lead to 16-9 and after another 2-0 run, Dominican cut the lead to 16-11.

Dominican coach Jessica Chatellier saw a difference in her team’s performance in the first and last two sets.

“The first set, we came out very slow,” she said. “We just didn’t come out ready to play right at first. We picked it up in Game 2 and Game 3.

“This team has been underestimated for a while. I think they have a lot of fight in them.”

Another kill by Katie Kampen extended the lead to 20-14.

The second set started differently as Dominican held a 7-6 lead and from there, both teams tied five times.