KENNER - After a short trip from Baton Rouge to the Pontchatrain Center, University High made quick work of St. Thomas Aquinas.
The No. 3-seeded Cubs eliminated St. Thomas Aquinas 25-20, 25-14 and 25-16 in the Division IV-Class 2A quarterfinals to help open the Louisiana High School Athletic Association?s State Volleyball Tournament Thursday afternoon.
The Cubs were not alone in advancing to Friday’s semifinals. Parkview Baptist, of Division III-3A, St. Joseph’s Academy of Division I-5A and also advanced.
U-High (30-8) advances to meet De La Salle at 1:30 p.m. Friday in its semifinal. PBS (30-8) meets New Orleans-based Ursuline Academy at 1:30 p.m., while SJA (32-10) plays Mount Carmel-New Orleans at 3:15 p.m.
Allie Mitchell and Lindsay Flory led U-High with eight kills each. Shelby White had 18 assists, Kate Studrawa had eight digs and Briana Oglesby finished with five blocks.
“We did a great job of playing relaxed,” said U-High coach Bonita Johnson. “Our defense was well-prepared and we played under control.”
Hammond’s STA (27-10) got 14 kills from Brooke Balser.
PARKVIEW BAPTIST 3, E.D. WHITE 0: In Division III-Class 3A fourth-seeded PBS advanced by scores of 25-18, 25-13, 25-18.
Fayette Adelaja led the way for the Eagles with 21 kills and seven blocks. Breanna Massey contributed 16 assists, while Courtney Eades and Alyssa Hart each had seven digs. Victoria Hart added seven kills.
“I thought we took charge offensively, and we kind of had EDW on their heels,” PBS coach Becky Madden said. “We had some nerves, and we had to get them out of our system.”
E.D. White (17-18) was led by Sydney Bordis (13 digs).
After a competitive first game, Parkview jumped ahead 14-5 and 18-6 in the second game.
The Eagles led 5-0 in the third game. EDW tied it at 8-8, but PBS outscored the Cardinals 17-10 after that.
ST. JOSEPH’S 3, DESTREHAN 0: Sixth-seeded SJA pulled off a mild upset ousting No. 3 Destrehan 25-18, 25-10, 25-22 in Division I-5A.
The victory included a 27-point stretch in the second game during which the Redstickers did not commit an error. Destrehan led 18-17 and 21-19 in the third game before the Redstickers rallied.
Audrey Marsh led SJA with 13 kills and 11 digs. Jessie Thigpen (nine kills), Parker Harrell (seven blocks) and Macie Sticker (six blocks) were other leads for the winners.
“We played Destrehan at the Country Day tournament, and I expected them to play better than they did that day,” SJA coach Sivi Miller said. “We played well in the second game. Eliminating errors is something we’ve worked on.”
DOMINICAN 3, ST. AMANT 2: The fourth-seeded Gators (34-6) came close to advancing to their first semifinal. The scores were 25-19, 12-25, 25-22, 12-25, 15-13. St. Amant led 7-4 and 11-10 in the decisive fifth game.
A key sequence in the final game of the Division I-5A contest came with the Gators leading 11-10. A St. Amant shot was ruled in by the line judge, who was over ruled by the head official. Dominican (31-10) soon led 14-12.
“It was hard to see a call change things at the end,” SAHS coach Allison Leake said. “But I’m proud of my girls. I told them that it wasn’t that we didn’t belong here. We do - we just didn’t win this one.”
Toni Rodriguez led SAHS with 23 kills and seven blocks, while Maddy Reardon contributed 23 digs and 19 kills. Kelly Young had 46 assists.
ST. THOMAS MORE 3, BROADMOOR 0: No. 1 STM defeated Broadmoor 25-20, 25-16 and 25-11 in the Division II-4A.
Broadmoor (31-13) was led by Anisha Spencer with 10 assists and Kiersten Gillette with 9 digs and 5 kills.
“They were just a better team, a very good team,” said Broadmoor coach Maria Gonzalez. “They had quick hitters. But we had an excellent season for a team that didn’t win a match all summer, so I am not upset about this one match.”
Kourtney Blackwell led St. Thomas More with 27 assists.
EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF ACADIANA 3, ST. JOHN 0: In a Division V-Class 1A and below quarterfinal, 17-time state champion Episcopal of Acadiana won 25-7, 25-9 and 25-11.
St. John, the No. 7 seed, finished 28-13. St. John was paced by Jessie Brown with five kills, Randi Seneca with seven assists and Kamryn Theriot with 12 digs.
ESA, the No. 2 seed, is 38-7. Elasha Williams had 10 kills and Adela Munson had 28 assists for ESA.