St. Michael the Archangel was told the Pontchartrain Center can get loud, even rowdy during the LHSAA state volleyball tournament.
The warning, though, didn’t prepare the seventh-seeded Warriors for the senior class’ first trip to the Division II quarterfinals.
On Thursday night, second-seeded St. Scholastica Academy defeated St. Michael in straight sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-18), led by Jessica Lucio’s 17 kills and four blocks.
“People always say it can get really loud,” said senior Whitney Hartmann. “And it actually was. I didn’t really think it would be that loud.
“It was really hard to hear everyone. Our teammates on the bench were like, “You all are so quiet.’ But really, we were all just screaming.
SSA (37-6) advances to Friday’s Division II semifinal against third-seeded St. Thomas More.
Madeleine Gremillion led St. Michael (23-12) with eight kills, and Hannah Keltner added five, but their offensive output wasn’t enough.
“I think it was all mental, because we were playing the No. 2 seed,” Gremillion said. “And we’ve been watching film on them, and we saw how good they could be. We saw how affective their serves could be, and their hitting and sets were.I think we were all getting in our heads.”
Claire Clifton added 13 assists for the Warriors, while Amari Bellard had 13 digs.
ASSUMPTION 3, CABRINI 2: Top-seeded Assumption rallied from two sets down to defeat ninth-seeded Cabrini in five sets (24-26, 27-29, 25-23, 25-17, 15-12) .
Hannah Brister finished with 21 kills, and Kevreion Ward had 17 kills for Assumption which advances to play fifth-seeded Ben Franklin on Friday at 1:40 p.m. in a Division II semifinal.
Rakell Spencer led Cabrini’s upset big with 21 kills and four blocks. Teammate Emma Petta added eight kills. Blythe Smith had 16 digs.
Yet it wasn’t enough to defeat Assumption (37-6), which moved momentum its way after winning a do-or-die third set.
Sunni Rae Blanchard helped the Mustangs with easy offense, thanks to four aces.
ST. THOMAS MORE 3, ACADEMY OF OUR LADY 0: Sarah Trotter has found a volleyball home at St. Thomas More.One year after transferring to the program, Trotter pushed the third-seeded Cougars past Thursday night’s Division II quarterfinals at the LHSAA Volleyball State Tournament.
The sophomore tallied 10 kills with two aces and 10 digs during a 25-22, 25-12, 25-17 win against sixth-seeded Academy of Our Lady at the Pontchartrain Center.
Up next is Friday’s 3:30 p.m. semifinal against second-seeded St. Scholastica Academy.
“It’s been crazy. We’ve all come together as a team,” Trotter said. “It’s amazing how well we play together. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Melanie Zimmer added four kills and four blocks for the Cougars (33-8), while Kathleen Alexander finished with nine kills and four blocks.
Not bad for a young team.
Academy of Our Lady (31-8) was led by Adde Baldwin (eight kills) and Kate LeBoeuf (five kills, three blocks).
BEN FRANKLIN 3, LAKESHORE 0: Four points from reaching the Division II semifinals in nearly a decade, Ben Franklin’s Katlyn Dent missed a dig which richotched off her head Thursday afternoon at the Pontchartrain Center.Dent paused, laughing at herself, before her teammates joined in the in-match joke.
No nervous giggles. No anxiety.
Just focus. Back to work.
Minutes later, Allison Olsonoski collected her 27th kill on the final point of a 25-14, 25-21, 25-18 quarterfinal victory against fourth-seeded Lakeshore at the LHSAA Volleyball State Tournament, sending the fifth-seeded Falcons to Friday’s 1:40 p.m. semifinal against top-seeded Assumption.
Ben Franklin (30-14) is aiming for the school’s seventh state title in volleyball, and first since 2003.
Angela Higginson had nine kills for Franklin, and Maria Huntley and Olsonoski had four blocks apiece. Victoria Tidwell added 21 digs.
Despite Lakeshore (30-11) rallies, led by Erin Schenck (12 kills) and Julia Dean (nine kills), Ben Franklin (30-14) never allowed the Titans to affect its effort, staying confident when falling behind four points in the first set and in the second, playing with a small lead.