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Everything about the “pink out” volleyball match at Dominican is different than a normal match.

For one, the entire side of the gym facing the team benches is filled with Dominican students dressed in pink. One section of seats is reserved for cheerleaders. Another section is occupied by the band — one that includes a set of drums and a bass guitar.

Now, picture the celebration that can occur after the home team wins when playing against its biggest rival.

On Wednesday, Dominican did just that, celebrating a sweep of Mount Carmel when those Dominican students dressed in pink danced their way onto the floor as the band continued to play. A festive setting after a 25-14, 25-9, 25-16 victory.

“It’s definitely really nice to come into our own gym and pull off a win like that in front of our fans,” said Dominican senior setter Kate Baker, a fifth-year varsity player who never had a chance to celebrate like that after previous home matches against Mount Carmel.

The last “pink out” home match win for Dominican against Mount Carmel came in 2011. For Baker and her teammates, this kind of celebration was something new.

“Our fans were definitely a big part of this game,” Dominican junior Anne Hardouin said.

Dominican (34-1) came into the match with plenty of experience winning this season against Mount Carmel (22-13), winning two weeks ago in three sets at Mount Carmel and then last weekend at a tournament for the third time this season.

All told, Dominican is 12-0 in sets over five matches against Mount Carmel, which won the six previous Division I state championships before Dominican won a state title for the first time in school history last season.

“They really put us to a true test at all levels,” Dominican coach Jessica Chatellier said. “The fact that we can find a way to sustain against them through all that, I think says a lot about us because they’re a great team. They have multiple players that are extremely good.”

Dominican won with some long scoring runs in the first two sets, reeling off 10 consecutive points for a 19-8 lead in the first set and breaking a 4-4 tie with a 12-1 run in the second.

Leading scorers included Hardouin with nine kills; junior O’Neil Haddad with 10 kills and two blocks; junior Zoe Smith with five kills, one block and three aces and sophomore Camryn Chatellier with three kills and three aces. Baker had 24 assists. Senior Brooke Couret had 24 digs.

Mount Carmel senior Olivia Stant had 11 kills and two blocks.

The consistent winning for Dominican against Mount Carmel has begun to take a bit of toll on the Cubs, who looked good in a sweep of Country Day on Tuesday.

“We’re not playing with confidence when we play (Dominican),” Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone said. “They’re doing something right. We have to figure it out.”

Their next potential meeting would be at the state tournament Nov. 11-13 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, possibly in a state semifinal. The latest LHSAA power ratings listed Dominican at No. 1 and Mount Carmel at No. 4.


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