KENNER - Parkview Baptist, St. Joseph’s Academy and University High each arrived at Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s State Volleyball Tournament harboring championship hopes but each fell short against Catholic school teams from New Orleans on Friday.
Ursuline Academy eliminated Parkview 25-15, 25-23 and 25-21 in the semifinals to advance to the Division III-Class 3A championship at 3 p.m. Saturday against St. Louis at the Pontchartrain Center.
In Division IV, U-High fell to De La Salle 26-24, 25-18, 24-26 and 25-23 in a very tight matchup. De La Salle will face Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Saturday.
URSULINE 3, PARKVIEW 0: After falling in the first game, Parkview tied the second game four times, including at 22-22, but Ursuline prevailed by scoring the final two points, the winner coming on a soft backhanded shot by Marci Holstein.
Ursuline jumped to an advantage of 14-5 in the third but PBS closed to 23-21 before Ursuline rebounded to close out the match.
Fayette Adelaja led the Eagles with 16 kills, 4 blocks, and 14 digs. Victoria Callender had 8 kills, 2 aces and 14 digs. Courtney Eades added 14 digs.
“It was two great teams and someone had to win,” said Parkview coach Becky Madden. “It came down to who could shake the nerves. But we had a great season. I will member this team for its heart, desire and dedication.” Parkview finished 30-8.
DE LA SALLE 3, UNIVERSITY 0: After falling in first two games to De La Salle, the Cubs broke a tie at 24 to stay alive in the third game.
The decisive fourth game was just as close. The teams were tied at 20, 22 and 23 but the Cavaliers managed the final two points, the game-winner coming on a long shot by the Cubs.
Allie Mitchell had 14 kills and Katie Sands 7 for the Cubs. Briana Oglesby had 9 blocks, Shelbi White accounted for 16 assists and Kate Studrawa finished with 22 digs. The Cubs finished 30-9.
“De La Salle is a very good team,” said U-High coach Benita Johnson. “We did not control tipped balls very well.
“We will lose eight seniors who worked together their final season. We played hard and we kept our focus.”
MOUNT CARMEL 3, ST. JOSEPH’S ACADEMY 0: Mount Carmel Academy took control early and won in three straight games. It was the first tourney appearance for sixth-seeded SJA (32-11) since 2009. Second-seeded MCA advances to play top seed Fontainebleau in Saturday’s Division I final set for 7 p.m.
Audrey Marsh and Brooke Carney helped lead the Redstickers. Marsh had eight kills and 11 digs, while Carney added eight kills and 12 blocks.
“We’re still a young team and we struggled right off the bat,” SJA coach Sivi Miller said. “After we talked after in the locker room they wanted to go back and practice Monday. Of course, we can’t do that, but we’re looking forward to the next couple of years.”
Macie Sticker contributed nine blocks for the Redstickers, while Morgan Miller added 12 assists.
Jade Sorrell (19 kills, 2 service aces) and Melanie Been (38 assists) led Mount Carmel.