Last season ended in tearful disappointment for Ursluine’s volleyball team as they fell to defending champion Teurlings Catholic in the Division III title match, but the Lions say they are a different team this year.
They displayed that maturity with a business-like 25-20, 25-15, 22-25, 25-12 four-set victory over No. 5 Rayne to advance to the semifinals in Division III at the LHSAA state tournament Thursday at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center.
Ursuline coach Jay Jay Juansaid senior Brianna McKay had a “complete” performance, as she finished with 15 kills and three blocks.
“With the experience we have as a group we are able to do a good job on that front line,” said Juan said. “As long as our crowd continues to give us energy, we can go a long way.”
The No. 4 Lions move on to a rematch against Teurlings at 11:50 a.m. Friday.
“We’ve done a pretty good job all year not putting any added pressure on ourselves and taking it a game at a time,” Wolves coach Terry Hebert said. “They’re a very talented team, and I love coaching them.”
Rayne’s attack was led by Charlesha Dugas, who finished with 15 kills and six blocks.
E.D. White 3, Westlake 1: E.D. White’s Lindsie Sanders led the way for the No. 11 Cardinals with 19 kills as they upset No. 3 seed Westlake in four sets to advance to the semifinals.
Westlake’s Jaden Towner led the team in kills (13), blocks (5), and assists (8).
Lutcher 3, Vandebilt 0: LSU signee Jariel Tureaud carried No. 2 Lutcher with 14 kills and 12 digs on the way to a three-set victory over No. 7 Vandebilt Catholic.
Emily Gauthreaux led the Terriers with a team-high 10 kills and 14 digs.
Teurlings 3, Parkview Baptist 0: Mackenzie Marze chipped in 11 kills to help back-to-back defending champion Teurlings beat Parkview Baptist in three sets.
Wesley Ann Foreman led Parkview with nine kills and two blocks.