Addie Vidrine and her Ascension Episcopal teammates had bene counting down the days to get back to the Pontchartrain Center after losing in the finals a year ago.
“This was Day 364,” Vidrine said Thursday.
The Blue Gators looked determined to make a return trip to the finals, earning a hard fought 25-20, 25-23, 25-20 victory over First Baptist Christian in the Division V quarterfinals.
Ascension Episcopal (28-10), the No. 3 seed, will play No. 2 seed and six-time defending champion Country Day at 10 a.m. Friday in the semifinals. It will be a rematch of last season’s title game.
Jill Braun is pleased with how her team, which lost plenty from last year’s squad, has responded in 2015.
“We started this season with five freshman, including four who had never played varsity before,” Braun said. “So I knew coming into an environment like this would be an adjustment. Overall I was pleased with how we played.”
Vidrine led the way with 19 kills and 16 digs.
“Addie is a winner,” Braun said. “When she is on the court, she’s a difference maker. Nobody wants to be on the floor competing more than her.”
Mary Catherine Franques had 37 digs and Katherine Broussard finished with 19 assists for the Blue Gators, seeking their first state title.
Country Day 3, Episcopal of Acadiana 0: The Falcons season came to an end after falling to the six-time defending state champion Cajuns 25-11, 25-11, 25-13.
“I thought we could have played better,” said Episcopal coach Ursula Quoyeser. “We just really never got going.”
Sarah Piere had 7 digs and six kills for the Falcons, who finished 16-19.
McGehee 3, Catholic-Point Coupee 0: Naya Gros had 17 kills and five blocks as top-seeded McGehee cruised past Catholic-Point Coupee 25-9, 25-9, 25-9.
Ascension Catholic 3, Houma Christian 0
Senior Michayla Spano’s 25 assists led Ascension Catholic (31-10), playing in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.