Dutchtown loses tough five-setter to Chapelle
On Thursday evening, two of the hottest volleyball teams in the state met in a non-district meeting, and it went just as you'd expect when looking at the matchup on paper.
The contest between Dutchtown and Archbishop Chapelle reached a decisive fifth set.
There, the Lady Griffins were just one point away from victory, but with their backs against the wall, the Chipmunks won three straight points to take the match.
“We just made too many mistakes," Dutchtown head coach Patrick Ricks said. "They were serving tough, and they were passing the ball to the center. Their center didn’t have to move. They did a good job of extending points all night, and we made mistakes. Hopefully, we can learn from this. It was a great match. If I wasn’t coaching, I would have paid to come watch it.”
Coming into the contest, the Lady Griffins had only lost once all season. Chapelle had only lost three times, and they were riding a four-match winning streak.
Dutchtown came out on fire. In the first set, a big ace by Lauren Launey gave them an 11-6 lead right out of the gates.
They kept the momentum rolling as they surged out to a 16-6 advantage.
However, the Chipmunks wouldn't go away. They went on an 8-1 run to cut it to 17-14
Duchtown responded well. A kill by India Bennett gave them 24 points, and they eventually locked up the first set, 25-20.
Things drastically shifted in the second set. It was dominated by Chapelle.
After a back-and-forth start, the Chipmunks rolled to what became a 25-9 blowout victory to even up the match.
Dutchtown looked like they were ready to get back on track in the third set as they took the biggest lead of the frame at 16-13.
However, Chapelle responded with a 7-1 run that put them ahead by a score of 20-17. Eventually, an error on a Lady Griffin serve gave the set to the Chipmunks.
Dutchtown finally found their mojo as they fought off defeat in the fourth. Two straight aces by Launey and a spike by Zoe Wooten gave them a commanding 20-11 advantage.
Chapelle was able to fight back and get within 24-20, but Launey gave the Lady Griffins a 25-20 victory with a big kill. It sent the match into a decisive fifth set.
There, the Chipmunks ran out to a 7-3 lead, but a spike by Wooten stopped the run. The score also sparked Dutchtown as they tied the set at 11.
After Madison Lee scored, it gave the Lady Griffins a 14-13 advantage. They were just one point from victory, but they never scored again.
The Chipmunks ended the set on a 3-0 run to capture a 16-14 victory.
For Dutchtown, it was yet another tough loss to Chapelle. Their 2017 season was ended with a second-round playoff defeat to the Chipmunks.
“They don’t have one hitter that you can key," Ricks said. "They don’t have anyone in servicing you can pick on. The setters are consistent, and their defense is scrappy. You have to work so hard to get a kill against them. They’re just a great team.”
After starting the season a perfect 11-0, Dutchtown has now lost two of their last four matches. Although, Coach Ricks still has tremendous confidence in his team.
Before the loss to Chapelle, the Lady Griffins lost to Country Day--who is the defending Division-V state champion.
“I think they’re gonna respond fine," Ricks said. "This was a great match against a great team. They’re 19-3, and we’re still 13-2. They’ll bounce back.”