Photos: Kenner hosts LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- McGehee's Mayo Gros goes for a kill as Catholic-Pointe Coupee's Ryland Frey tries for a block in a Division V quarterfinal at the state tournament.

Ascension Catholic hadn’t reached the quarterfinals of the LHSAA state volleyball tournament since 2010.

The Bulldogs showed no signs of stage fright in their return to the Pontchartrain Center on Thursday.

Led by seniors Rae’Shawun Malancon, Michayla Spano and Julia Beck, Ascension Catholic needed just three games to beat Houma Christian 25-20, 25-18, 25-17 in the quarterfinals of the Division V tournament.

“I knew we would be a little nervous coming in since we hadn’t played here, but I thought they handled it well,” said Ascension Catholic coach Chandra Ewen.

The Bulldogs (31-10), the No. 4 seed, will play top-seeded McGehee on Friday at 10 a.m.

A win over McGehee would put Ascension Catholic in the title match for the first time since 2006.

It would also be their fourth trip to the finals as they pursue the school’s first title.

Malancon led the way with 14 kills and two blocks.

McGehee 3, Catholic-Pointe Coupee 0: For the fourth time in five years, Catholic of Pointe Coupee reached the quarterfinals of the state volleyball tournament.

But top-seed McGehee was too much for the Falcons, who fell 25-9, 25-9, 25-9.

Country Day 3, Episcopal School of Acadiana 0:

Country Day’s bid for a seventh straight title got off to a good start as the Cajuns cruised to a 25-11, 25-11, 25-13 victory in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Ascension Episcopal 3, First Baptist 0: Freshman Addie Vidrine had 19 kills and 16 digs to lead the Blue Gators (28-10).