DAPHNE, Alabama - Ashley Chapman had 13 kills, Catherine Milwee added 16 digs and Ansleigh Dailey had 26 assists as visiting Class 1A No. 3 ranked St. Luke's defeated Class 6A Daphne Thursday evening, 25-8, 25-23, 25-16.
The Wildcats (16-6) came out focused from the start of the match.
"I thought we played really well in the first game of the match," said St. Luke's coach Tammy Richardson. "I thought we had a mental letdown in the last two games of the match however and the mental part of this sport is huge. We have to work more on finishing and making sure that we maintain the same level of competitiveness throughout the match."
Richardson said her team became lackadaisical after the opening game win.
"After that first game, we were hyped and got a little silly," said Richardson. "I've seen it before where your team wins that first game and then their focus wanes. That happened to us in the second game but in the third contest, we bounced back a little bit."
The Trojans (5-19) were sparked in the match by Jordan Filotei with 14 digs; Suzanne Evans added 19 assists and three aces while Cierra Harris had nine kills and two blocks.
Richardson said her team has made strides so far this season.
"At this point, I think we are where we need to be," she said. "We don't need to peak too soon. We have some big tournaments coming up. We're off this weekend before playing at a tournament at Hoover the next weekend. We have a big tournament the weekend after that at the Battle of Old Shell before we finish with the Shrimp Festival tournament."
St. Luke's plays next on Monday when it hosts Fruitdale at 4 p.m. while Daphne opens play in the Battle of Spanish Fort tournament Saturday at 8 a.m. against Fairhope.