Photos: Kenner hosts LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Academy of Sacred Heart celebrates its win over John Curtis in the Division IV quarterfinals of the state tournament Thursday.

Sacred Heart didn’t get off to quite the start it was hoping for Thursday morning at the Pontchartrain Center.

Even the Cardinals student section arrived a little after the match started.

Then the Cardinals got going, rallying for a 3-1 victory over John Curtis in the Division IV quarterfinals of the LHSAA state volleyball tournament.

The Cardinals rebounded after dropping the first game to Curtis 25-22. Sacred Heart won the next three 25-16, 25-21, 25-21.

“The first game we had so much energy, but I think it got channeled the wrong way,” senior Avery Hardie said. “We got anxious and panicky. But the second game we settled down and played our game one point at time.”

Sacred Heart (30-10), the No. 4 seed, advances to Friday’s 10 a.m. semifinal to play top-seed Pope John Paul II.

“It took us a while to get started, but that’s the fun of our sport,” Cardinals coach Ashley Ruckert said. “We don’t play one set. You have multiple chances”

Hardie finished with 10 kills and three blocks and Ellie Silvia added 13 kills and 14 digs.

It was Scared Heart’s second win of the season over the No. 5 seeded Patriots, who finished 29-16.

Sarah Drake led Curtis with 13 kills.

“We knew this would be quite a battle, and that’s what we got,” Ruckert said.

Pope John Paul II 3, Newman 0: In a rematch of the Division IV state championship game from a year ago, the Jaguars (37-2) easily dispatched Newman in three games, 25-13, 25-19 and 25-6.

Milayne Danna led PJP with 29 assists. Julia Nelson had 11 assists for Newman.

Hannan 3, Episcopal 0: Sophomore Hailey Cabeceiras had 18 kills and Tatum Ballard had 29 assists as the Hawks won easily over Episcopal.

Notre Dame 3, Riverside 0: Grace Morgan, who signed with Rice on Wednesday, finished with 12 kills and six blocks to lead the Pioneers (32-8).

Sydney Joseph’s 12 kills and Abby Bourgeois’ 20 assists led Riverside (25-15).