To earn the chance to defend their state championship on Saturday, the Rebels of Teurlings-Catholic knew they were going to have to go through a longtime rival.
Three games later, the Rebels are set to defend their Division III crown.
Teurlings-Catholic had no trouble with Parkview Baptist, defeating the Eagles, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-20 in the semifinals of the LHSAA state volleyball tournament Friday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
With the win, the Rebels (35-9) advance to take on Ursuline for the state championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.
“It’s surreal to be back playing for it all again,” Rebels coach Terry Hebert said. “You never take it for granted, especially against a good team like Parkview Baptist. When I saw the brackets initially come out, this is the one (matchup against Parkview Baptist) that got me nervous. We beat them earlier in the year in the Dunham tourney. We know how hard it is to beat a good team twice. I’m proud of my girls for making it happen.”
Kristen Hamilton led Teurlings-Catholic with 12 kills and Mackenzie Marze had 10 kills for the Rebels. Alyssa Breaux and Chloe Hamilton combined for 38 assists and Kynnedie Maloz had 18 digs.
“It was great to beat a team as good as Parkview Baptist,” Marze said. “The familiarity both squads have with each other made for much more of a competitive game. They wanted to beat us really bad, and we just wanted to get back to the state championship game and fortunately enough we were able to accomplish it.
“I know for the young players like us we rely on the seniors to keep us focused. I’m excited to play for a state championship on Saturday, but our seniors have told us to treat it just like it is another game. We are listening to them and letting them lead us.”
Wesley Ann Foreman led the Eagles (31-10) with six kills and Christie Dearie added five. Foreman also had three blocks and Dearie added 10 digs. Neely burns led Parkview Baptist with 14 assists.
“It was disappointing that we couldn’t make it to the final game,” Foreman said. “We played so hard throughout the year and pour our heart into this final game. I’m so proud of my teammates for getting this far. It is something to be proud of.
“Early on I will admit we played a little nervous because we were going up against a team as tough as Teurlings-Catholic. We were able to shake off the nerves after a while, but just came up short on the scoreboard.”
The leader of a program that has only three seniors, Parkview Baptist Head Coach Becky Madden said the future is bright for the Eagles.
“Give credit to Teurlings-Catholic,” Madden said. “They are a good team and mentally tough. Unfortunately for us we didn’t start off the game as well as I would have wanted. I think we played a little nervous.
“It was a great run for us this year,” she continued. “We are a young team and we are only going to use this experience as a building block for next year and I’m excited about what the future has in store.”
Ursuline 3, E.D. White 2: In a five-set thriller, Ursuline Academy defeated E. D. White 25-19, 20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-7.
Katherine Meiklejohn led Ursuline (37-11) with 14 kills and Brianna McKay had 11 kills in the win. McKay also had a pair of blocks.
Macie Grubbs had a game-high 30 digs and Rhonda Wilson added 26. Lauren Bagneris added 25 assists in victory.
E.D. White (25-18) was led by Michelle Riviere’s 22 kills and 10 blocks and 21 digs. Abbie Alexander added 43 assists.