Photos: Kenner hosts LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Ursuline's Brianna McKay fires a shot past Rayne's Charlesha Dugas in the Division III quarterfinals of the LHSAA state volleyball tournament Thursday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.

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.