Fisher posted a 25-7, 25-13, 25-17 Division IV bidistrict playoff win over No. 21 seed St. James on Wednesday in Lafitte.
With the win, the No. 12 Gators (14-8) will play at fifth-seeded Hannan on Monday.
“I just liked the way my girls played hard,” Fisher coach Kim Matherne said. “They worked really hard this season, practiced really hard and they just worked well together tonight as a team.”
Although Fisher had the sweep, there were points in the match where St. James (2-23) stayed close, including a 5-0 run in the second set and a point in the third, when the Wildcats trimmed the lead to four points.
“I think that was partly on our girls, not communicating, not being where they’re supposed to be,” Matherne said. “They were good competition. They played a good game.”
While Fisher is facing the Hawks, Matherne’s team is used to the competition since they are in Division IV, District 6. That district includes Newman, McGehee and Sacred Heart-New Orleans. All three of those teams made the playoffs. Newman and McGehee earned byes.
“It’s just preparing,” Matherne said. “I know they’re going to be a tough team and tough competition. We just have to prepare our girls this weekend and play our best.
“When we play those top teams, I want them to play harder. I want to make them earn it.”
Jamilyn Lacross led the Gators with seven kills and Courtney Pellegrin had six. Ireland Smith had eight assists.
“It was an experience to actually come here and play for a playoff game,” St. James assistant coach Cristy Steib said.
Steib was leading the team in the absence of head coach Shenise Beckham. The team only had two seniors on its roster.
While the Gators had as much as a 20-7 lead in the second set and were poised for a quick win, the Wildcats went on a 5-0 run to cut the Fisher lead to 20-13.
Despite Fisher holding the lead for all of the third, St. James once cut the deficit to four points, 17-13.
On a kill by Lacross, the Gators took an 11-4 lead, and she then had a hit that gave her team a 16-9 advantage.
St. James got the lead down to 16-10 on a Nadia Braud kill.
Fisher’s Lacross again had a hit that gave her team a 23-16 lead.