When Mandeville’s volleyball team amassed a perfect record in district play, people took notice.
Just about everyone has continued to be impressed by the team’s performance. Now, as the Division I state playoffs have reached their finale, that’s more than true.
Mandeville, which is the No. 2 seed in the Division I postseason Louisiana volleyball rankings, will play No. 1 seed Mt. Carmel in the Allstate Sugar Bowl LHSAA
Volleyball Championship on Saturday evening. It’s a match that will cap what has been a long-expected climax against the two local volleyball powerhouses.
The Skippers (36-6), who last won a state volleyball title in 2005, easily handled No. 6 seed Chapelle on Friday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. Now, they will vie for a title against Mt. Carmel, the Division I defending state champion. The Division I championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.
Mandeville defeated Chapelle in their semifinal matchup 25-17, 25-15, 25-6. Emily Boylan and Sam Gomez combined for 33 kills to lead the Skippers offense. Brandy Bundy had 42 assists, and Reagan Rogers and Kailynn Haley combined for 39 digs.
“This was huge, and we’re completely ready (for Saturday’s final),” junior hitter Sam Gomez said. “We wanted a great start today, and we got it.”
“If we pass well, we’re good,” Mandeville coach Jody Walker said. “I don’t know if we had an indication that we would (have a sweep today.) We were a ball of nerves before we started today but still came out and played well. I don’t want to say we played loose. But we came ready.”
Chapelle finished 23-17.
MT. CARMEL 3, BARBE 0: The Cubs, the defending Division I state champions, earned yet another championship berth with a victory over Lake Charles-based Barbe on Friday afternoon in a Division I semifinal.
The final score for Mt. Carmel was a relatively easy 25-15, 25-16, 25-12.
Marissa Lagasse and Kristen Nuss each had 15 kills for Mt. Carmel (39-5.)
“We knew coming in that Barbe is a great team and that we wanted to get it done in three (games),” Lagasse said. “We want to keep all the momentum on our side if we can and stay on top.”
No. 4 seed Barbe finished 31-11.