Three years ago, Teurlings Catholic had made three title game appearances in school history and lost all three. Now, the school is playing for its third straight state title.
The No. 1 Rebels (31-8) made quick work of No. 4 Ursuline (34-9) on Friday with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-23 win in the Division III semifinals Friday at the Ponchartrain Center that sets Teurlings up for a chance to win its third consecutive state championship.
The Rebels face No. 2 Lutcher (34-6) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“I told the team that I’ve been waiting to see that for six months,” Teurlings coach Terry Hebert said. “We’ve had great wins, but we just haven’t had the confidence to close things out. … I knew they had it, and they finally showed it today.”
Leading the way for Teurlings was hitter Jolie Hidalgo, a freshman who finished with 15 kills and 18 digs, while Lexi Hebert added 13 kills and 15 digs.
“We have a really good group of young girls, and they’ve been resilient all year,” Hebert said. “I’m really proud of the way they fought today, and we just need to repeat this performance tomorrow.”
Ursuline (34-9) struggled with the Rebels’ active defense the entire match and never really got into a groove until the match’s final set.
Lutcher 3, E.D. White 1: No. 2-seeded Lutcher (34-6) took down No. 11 E.D. White 25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-16 for a four-set victory that sent the Lions to the state title match for the first time in school history.
Lions hitter and LSU signee Jariel Tureaud was a force for the Lions with 22 kills and six blocks. etter Maci Schexnayder also had 47 assists.
“It still really hasn’t hit me yet,” said Lutcher coach Ricky LeBlanc. “It’s a great moment for them, the school and the program. I just can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.”