Photos: LHSAA Volleyball Friday _lowres

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Ascension Episcopal celebrates its victory over Sacred Hear-Grand Coteau in a Division V semifinal.

Ascension Episcopal’s Addie Vidrine may only be 13 years old, but she played like a seasoned veteran Friday morning, helping her team advance to the school’s first-ever state championship match.

Coming back from losing the first two games to Academy of Sacred Heart GC, the Blue Gators advanced to the state championship game with a 17-25, 23-25, 25-22, 25-10 15-11 win in a Division V semifinal of the LHSAA state volleyball tournament at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center. The Eagles will go for that state title against Country Day at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“I knew we had it in us,” Vidrine said. “We came here with all the energy we could and just fought until the very end. It is just an awesome feeling. Even falling behind 2-0 like we did I knew this team had the talent and the mindset to come all the way back.”

Along with her older sister Sydney, the Vidrine sisters combined for 30 kills, two blocks and 15 aces to lead Ascension Episcopal (27-10).

“When we were down 2-0 I just had to reassure my team that they are capable of beating Sacred Heart because we did that exact thing earlier in the year,” AE coach Jill Braun said. “Early on we played not to lose instead of trying to play to win. We elevated our level of play and fortunately enough were able to swing the momentum our way.”

Kathleen Boulet led the Saints (28-12) with 29 kills and Jennifer Link had 11 kills. Maci Quebedeaux had 46 assists.

“We had them down 2-0,” Saints coach Megan McCown said. “They just started exploding after that.”

We were not capitalizing on our big hitters in the third game. Once they got the momentum, it was really hard to try and regain that.”

METAIRIE PARK COUNTRY DAY 3, ST. JOHN 0: The Cajuns of Metairie Park Country Day easily advanced to the school’s sixth-consecutive state championship game with a 25-14, 25-15 and 25-12 win over St. John.

The Cajuns (39-6) were led by the trio of Caroline Perlis, Simone Becnel and Samantha Henderson, all of whom finished with 13 assists and Maddie Leger had 15 digs.

“Compared to Thursday I thought we looked much better out their today,” Country Day coach Julie Ibieta said. “We looked much more comfortable and played at a faster speed. I thought the biggest key was our service game. We served great today. Overall, you could see how focused our team was today. They never lost that.”

St. John (32-10) was led by Carolyn Glaser’s eight kills. Junior Payton Passantino also had six kills. Claire Pearce added 16 assists and Alex Carbo had 11 digs.