The last team not named Mount Carmel to win the state championship in the state’s highest classification, St. Joseph's Academy easily advanced to the Division I state semifinals Thursday night with a four-game victory over No. 7 Acadiana (25-22, 25-11, 23-25 and 25-12) at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
With the victory, St. Joseph's (29-13) advances to take on No. 14 St. Amant, which defeated No. 11 Archbishop Chapelle 3-1 (12-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-17) at 3:30 p.m. Friday on Court 3.
The Wreckin’ Rams finished 24-10.
MOUNT CARMEL 3, BATON ROUGE HIGH 0: Making their first trip to the state volleyball tournament since 1990, the Panthers ran into the buzz saw that is the three-time defending Division I champion Mount Carmel.
Baton Rouge High was swept 25-9, 25-13 and 25-13.
ST. AMANT 3, ARCHBISHOP CHAPELLE 1: St. Amant, seeded 14th, pulled its second consecutive upset, upending 11th-seeded Archbishop Chapelle in four games (12-25, 25-17, 25-19 and 25-17).
The Gators (23-18) were led by Baylee Rambin, who finished with 13 kills, and a 42-assist performance from Gracie Duplechein. Taylor Baxter and Megan Arceneaux each had 18 digs for the Gators.
Chapelle (24-19) was led by Hannah Volpi’s 12 kills and 16 assists. Meagen Scuderi added 29 digs for the Chipmunks.
NORTHSHORE 3, DOMINICAN 2: The Panthers survived a five-game marathon against fifth-seeded Dominican (25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 22-25, 15-9) to advance to their first state semifinals since 2012.
“Give Dominican credit,” Northshore senior Carly Merry said. “They played really well. But I do think we kind of let up for a while after we won the first two games. But my teammates and I did what we had to do in the all-important fifth game. That’s win or go home and we didn’t want to go home yet.
“It doesn’t matter the type of win you get in the postseason, you just want to win. Fortunately enough for us tonight we were able to accomplish that.”
Merry led the Panthers (24-10) with 24 kills. Senior Amanda Giardina, who signed with Tulane on Wednesday, had 23 digs, 47 assists and a pair of aces in the win for the Panthers.
Dominican (28-17) was led by Hannah McGowan’s 26 kills and 18 assists.