SCC rallies by Riverside

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / October 7, 2000

LAPLACE – What a difference a month makes.

It was one day shy of a month Thursday since St. Charles Catholic lost athree-set thriller at Riverside. But in that time, the young Lady Cometssquad gained needed experience, playing a schedule that included H.L.Bourgeois, Chapelle and Thibodaux.

That experience showed when the two teams met again Thursday at St.

Charles Catholic with the Lady Comets coming away with a 15-12, 15-11 victory.

“We’ve had a lot more playing time,” St. Charles Catholic head coach MichelleDearmitt said of the difference between Thursday’s game and the one in early September. “The more we play, the better we get. The young kids gotexperience and that was very valuable for us.”St. Charles Catholic improved to 8-12 with the win while Riverside fell to 5-3.The Lady Comets opened the match on a 4-0 run behind kills by Sarah Weber and Brittany Vicknair and an ace by Monica Arcuri. Riverside came right back,taking a 6-4 advantage behind a kill by Cassie St. Amant and consecutiveaces by Jessica Watts.

The teams continued to trade points with the Lady Comets pulling to within one on an ace by Kelly Cupit. The Lady Rebels answered with a block by Wattsto make it 9-7.

St. Charles Catholic regained the lead behind four Riverside errors. Arcurifollowed with a dink and an ace to make it 14-9. Riverside held off threestraight game points, then came back to pull to within 14-12 on three Lady Comet errors. Weber broke the serve and had her ensuing serve returnedinto the net for the game winner.

The Lady Comets again went out ahead 2-0 in the second game on two aces by Vicknair. Riverside bounced back once more, taking a 7-2 lead behind fiveLady Comet errors. An ace by Katie Arcuri started a St. Charles Catholiccomeback with Monica Arcuri following with a kill and Heather Heltz adding a dink to make it 7-5.

The Lady Rebels answered on their next serve with a kill by Kelly Louque and a dink by Amy Hymel to build the lead back to four. The Lady Comets ralliedto tie the game on two more aces by Vicknair with Heltz making it 10-9 on a kill to the back row.

Riverside tied the game once more on a block by Chelsea Albares. St. CharlesCatholic responded with dinks by Nikki Michel and Katie Arcuri to make it 14- 11 game. Following a Riverside timeout, Weber’s serve was returned into thenet for the match winner.

Vicknair led St. Charles Catholic with four aces. Monica Arcuri had seven killsand joined Weber with two blocks apiece.

Riverside was led by Watts with two aces and 10 blocks. St. Amant had ateam-high three kills.

“We didn’t have any offense,” Riverside head coach Toni Miano said. “Wecould not get any kills. We had eight kills. You can’t win a ballgame if youdon’t have any offense. We played defense the whole game.”Riverside was the latest in a series of tough opponents for the Lady Comets.

St. Charles Catholic played at Chapelle Tuesday and hosts Ben Franklin today.”It’s only going to help the team with experience,” Dearmitt said. “Everybodywe play will make us better.”

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