Country Day is no stranger to the Pontchartrain Center, and its experience certainly showed on Thursday.
The top-seeded Cajuns swept No. 8 Episcopal of Acadiana 25-18, 25-17, 25-13 to in the state quarterfinals to get back to the semifinals in Division V once again. The Cajuns have won seven of the past eight state championships.
“I liked what I saw,” Country Day coach Julie Ibieta said. “I thought we started off a little nervous but I thought we played into a good rhythm and we really looked comfortable so I was happy with our play out there.”
Junior Alex Smith finished with 13 kills and senior Leigh Maher had 28 digs. Maher said she was excited to get the win.
“I think we did a good job of just focusing on our side,” she said, "and not letting all the hype get in our heads and I’m looking forward to the next match.”
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, ST. JOHN 0: The fourth-seeded Eagles of Central Catholic defeated fifth- seeded St. John 25-23, 25-18, 25-19 to move on to the semifinals of Division V.
Sophomore Ter’Yanna Johnson finished with 11 kills to lead her team, while senior Quincee Wiggins finished with 21 digs.
Eagles coach Latashia White said she was proud of her team’s effort.
"I think we came out energized,” White said. “We saw St. John early on in the year and we played tough with them and we took care of business today.”
Central Catholic will play top-seeded Country Day in the semifinals Friday.
McGEHEE 3, CATHOLIC-POINTE COUPEE 0: The second-seeded Hawks had no trouble upending the seventh-seeded Hornets, winning 25-7, 25-12, 25-10 and sending them to the semifinals once more.
Senior Maddy Tillery had 27 assists, junior Jaida Felix finished with 20 digs and do-it-all senior Naya Gros led the team with 18 kills.
Gros, a Michigan State commitment, was excited about the result.
“I’m very satisfied,” she said. “I thought we played as a team. I thought we communicated, we had energy and we just went all out and we left it all on the court.”
ASCENSION EPISCOPAL 3, ST. MARTIN'S 0: Junior Addie Vidrine had a whopping 32 kills, fellow junior Alaina Hardy chipped in 24 herself and third-seeded Ascension Episcopal swept sixth-seeded St. Martin’s 25-20, 25-21, 25-14 to set up a semifinal show down with McGehee.
“Obviously McGehee is a very good team,” Ascension Episcopal coach Jill Braun said. “They’re loaded with weapons, hopefully we can serve them tough to keep them out of system so they can’t get their big girl the ball.