Parkview Baptist senior Leanne Sorrel admits it was a little difficult not to peek ahead to the semifinals and a possible third match of the season against district rival St. Michael the Archangel.
"Yes, it was hard, but we practiced this week knowing that we needed to take care of the Brusly match first," Sorrel said.
No. 3 seed Parkview did just that, topping Brusly 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-17) in the quarterfinals of the Division III playoffs at Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
Parkview (35-7) advances to Friday's 11:50 a.m. semifinal to play No. 2 St. Michael (30-4), which beat De La Salle in a Thursday quarterfinals match.
It will be the third meeting of the season between the two schools, with each team winning on their home court in four sets.
Parkview will also be looking for a bit of revenge after being eliminated by St. Michael in the quarterfinals last season.
"We have been very even when it comes to playing," Parkview coach Becky Madden said. "It's a huge rivalry and it has been for the last three or four years. It's going to be a competitive game on both sides."
Madden, in her ninth season, was glad to see her team knock out the first-day jitters that often come with playing in the chaotic atmosphere of the Pontchartrain Center.
"Today's match was about getting the nerves out, taking the pictures, getting used to the environment and trying to work through the nerves," Madden said. "I felt like we played flat."
Sorrel led the way with 30 assists.
"She is focused and poised and ready for the competition," Madden said.
Hannah Fontenot had 17 digs and Bailey Lyons had 14.
Annmarie Peavy had 10 kills for the Eagles.
Brusly (27-13) was led by Mallary Thibodeaux's nine kills and Emily Hemba's nine assists, but it wasn't nearly enough to slow down the Eagles.
Parkview now turns its attention to St. Michael.
"We need to be more hungry than them," Madden said. "We don't need to be caught playing flat. We need to take care of business."
Sorrel expects another thrilling match.
"They always pose a challenge and challenge is the best thing to develop a team," Sorrel said. "It's going to be a great match. Fun to watch and high energy."
ST. MICHAEL 3, DE LA SALLE 0: Junior Amber Igiede had 23 kills to lead the No. 2 Warriors past the No. 10 Cavaliers in the Division III quarterfinals.
Senior Sadie Edmonston had 19 assists and freshman Alexis Gonzales had 19 digs for St. Michael (30-4).
"I thought we played pretty well once the ball was in play," said St. Michael coach Rob Smith. "We missed some first serves and so I was unhappy with that. But once the ball was in play we did a really good job, especially at the net. We started off well in each of the three set and that established some momentum for us throughout the rest of the set. "
Now St. Michael will try to get past the semifinals, where they lost a season ago to Teurlings Catholic. This time they meet Parkview for a third time this season.
We lost in the semifinals last year and our seniors told our players you have to go back and finish it," Smith said. "There was a little bit of that awe (playing here) last year. They handled it well today."
URSULINE 3, WESTLAKE 0: The No. 4 Lions moved closer to reaching the title game for a second straight year with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 victory over the No. 12 Rams.
Olivia Weinstein had 27 assists and Macie Grubbs had 19 digs for Ursuline (32-10), last year's runners-up.
Westlake finished 25-13.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 3, E.D. WHITE 0: Emily Gauthreaux had 20 kills and 28 digs to lead the top seed Terriers past the No. 8 Cardinals. Andrea Buquet had 40 assists for Vandebilt (38-5). Lila Bordis led the Cardinals (19-21) with 17 kills and 19 digs.