They bumped, they set, and they spiked! The DHS volleyball team finished their season for the 2016-2017 school year by playing two rounds in the state playoffs, ending with a record of 17-24.
In the first round of playoffs on Nov. 2, Dominican’s volleyball team came out victorious in their game against Ponchatoula High School with scores of 25-10, 25-10, and 25-14. They went on to play in their second round on Nov. 5, but unfortunately fell to St. Joseph’s Academy.
Despite the loss to St. Joseph’s Academy, the team showed their prowess on the court. Senior Caitlin Sullivan finished with seven kills. Senior Adelia Obioha led Dominican with 12 kills and two blocks. Additionally, juniors Sarah Wild had 13 digs, Payton Nunez had 12 digs and Alexis Ceravola had eight assists.
The team finished their season with bittersweet memories. Though they did not continue to the another round of playoffs, the girls walked away with valuable lessons and memorable experiences. “I can definitely say we’ve improved since last season,” said senior Carlin Dougherty. “Every year we’ve gotten better, and the lessons we learned this season is going to help our younger teammates for their next one.”
One of the highlights of the season includes the district game against Archbishop Chapelle High School. On Oct. 21, the team defeated their opponent at Chapelle in five sets. Junior Sara Wild had 16 kills to lead Dominican, and senior Adelia Obioha had 11 kills and 6 blocks. The game was a tough match for the girls, but they pulled through and won with a score of 25-27, 27-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-13.
As she reflected on the season, Mrs. Jessica Chatellier, volleyball coach, noted the team had incredible leadership by the senior players. Throughout the season, seniors Obioha, Dougherty, Sullivan, Sarah Wolff and Erin Malone kept the team together with their optimism and encouragement towards their teammates, according to Mrs. Chatellier.
– Lauren Nguyen