Mount Carmel defeats St. Joseph’s Academy in four games

Mount Carmel Academy only had to step up for its underperforming star. St. Joseph’s Academy had step up for an absent go-to hitter.

The Cubs did more stepping up in defeating the Redstickers on Wednesday night 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19). The win in the Mount Carmel assembly center came despite struggles by Katie Kampen in the first two tightly contested sets.

On the Redstickers’ end, Madison Daigle went down with an ankle injury during warm-ups.

“That’s good to see,” said Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone about Kampen’s early performance. “They know she’s a weapon. Other people can step up.”

One of the players to step up was Anne Bilinski, who finished with seven blocks in a game largely decided by play at the net.

Bilsinski said much of the Cubs’ struggles were self-inflicted.

“In the set they won, they only earned, I think, 10 points,” Bilsinksi said. “We kept talking about picking up the energy. We eliminated a lot of the errors.”

Kampen found her touch in the final two sets to finish with 15 kills and 19 digs. Mount Carmel was able to compete until its best player found her rhythm.

St. Joseph’s did not have that luxury. Daigle did not play a second in the match after her injury.

“She was barely able to stand during the national anthem,” St. Joseph’s coach Sivi Miller said of Daigle. “She wanted to go, but it was clear she couldn’t play.”

Outside hitter Sydney Davis attempted to fill the void left by Daigle’s injury. Davis finished with 14 kills, one ace and 20 digs.

But she also committed several mistakes, notably back-to-back possessions when she hit the ball out to give the Cubs the final two points they needed to clinch the third set. But Miller was not ready to place blame on one player, and praised Davis’ play.

“I think a lot of errors were across the board,” Miller said.

For St. Joseph’s, Parker Harrell finished with 19 assists, seven kills, seven digs, and 11 blocks. Hanna Rovira had 17 kills, one dig, and 12 blocks.

Morgan Bell had 17 blocks, two kills, and two digs.

Jordan Owens finished with 19 digs, while Bailey Berrigan and Jillian Clark each had 16 assists for the Cubs.