It wasn’t as easy at first, but Teurlings Catholic pulled it together and is heading to the Division II volleyball state championship game.
The top-seeded and undefeated Rebels (41-0) rebounded after struggling early to defeat fourth-seeded Assumption 25-22, 22-25, 25-9, 25-9 and are now set to take on Cabrini in the state final at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
The win was the 54th straight for Teurlings, which moved up from Division III this year. They'll go for a fifth straight state title at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Rebels may be moving on, but coach Terry Hebert was focusing on improvement after dropping the second set.
“I think that was a good loss,” Hebert said. “We haven’t dropped many sets. Evidently I think we may have overlooked (Assumption) a little bit.
"Practice (Friday) morning was a little sluggish and a little sloppy and Assumption was obviously ready to play. They were a lot more physical than St. Thomas More was, but I think that set we lost obviously triggered something in us that gave us the spark we needed.”
Jolie Hidalgo’s 16 kills, eight blocks and 17 digs were enough to get the Rebels through the first set and dominate the last two.
Next up, taking the state title against Cabrini.
“Cabrini’s got a very, very good outside hitter,” Hebert said of Cabrini's Kai Williams. “Big girl and a very dynamic middle. We’re just going have to do what I’ve been saying all year which is serve up. If we keep them out of system, keep those dynamic players out of play, then hopefully they don’t get momentum.”
CABRINI 3, ST. SCHOLASTICA 1: It was back-and-forth affair, but the Crescents pulled it out and are heading to the final.
Williams had 19 kills and 15 digs as Cabrini beat St. Scholastica 25-9, 16-25, 26-24, 25-16 to move to the Division II state championship.
“This is absolutely amazing,” said Cabrini setter Jen Brue, who finished with 38 assists. “I love setting the middle, but with Kai on the outside now she’ll be there to put the ball away.”
The Crescents came out crushing it in the first set before stumbling a little in the second and fighting hard in the third before pulling away in the fourth set. Now all that’s left is taking on the undefeated Teurlings in the final.
“We gave McGehee their first loss of the season,” Cabrini coach Kasey Laird said, "so I’m hoping we can establish a trend of handing out first losses on Saturday.”