For the second straight year, Ursuline Academy had its season ended at the hands of No. 1 Teurlings Catholic, this time in a 25-14, 25-18, 25-23 three-set loss in the Division III semifinals on Friday at the Ponchatrain Center.
With Friday’s win, the Bulldogs (31-8) advance to the championship round and look to win their third consecutive Division III title.
No. 4 Ursuline lost to Teurlings Catholic last year in the Division III title match.
“I told the team that I’ve been waiting to see that for six months,” Teurlings coach Terry Hebert said. “We’ve had great wins, but we just haven’t had the confidence to close things out. … I knew they had it, and they finally showed it today.”
Leading the way for Teurlings was hitter Jolie Hidalgo, who was extremely active the entire match. The freshman finished with a team-high 15 kills and 18 digs, while Lexi Hebert added 13 kills and 15 digs.
Ursuline (34-9) struggled with the Bulldogs’ active defense the entire match and never really got into a groove until the match’s final set.
Regardless of his team’s struggles, coach Jay Jay Juan said he was proud of his team.
“That’s the only thing you can ask of your team is to fight for every point down until the end,” Juan said. “We had a great year, but we just ran into a better team.”
Lutcher 3, E.D. White 1: No. 2-seeded Lutcher (34-6) took down No. 11 E.D. White 25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-16 for a four-set victory that sent the Bulldogss to the state title match for the first time. Lutcher hitter and LSU signee Jariel Tureaud was a force for the Lions with 22 kills and six blocks. Setter Maci Schexnayder also had 47 assists.
“It still really hasn’t hit me yet,” said Lutcher coach Ricky LeBlanc. “It’s a great moment for them, the school and the program. I just can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.”
E.D. White (18-21) was led by Lindsie Sanders’ 12 kills, while Whitney Sternfels added 26 digs.