Lutcher’s volleyball team is hitting its stride at the perfect time and nobody has enjoyed it more than the team’s coach Ricky Leblanc.
The No. 2 Bulldogs reeled off their 20th consecutive win on Thursday with a 25-18, 27-25, 25-17 three-set win over No. 7 Vandebilt Catholic to advance to the semifinals of the Division III playoffs at the Ponchatrain Center.
Lutcher will move on to face No. 11 E.D. White on Friday at 11:50 a.m.
“It’s an exciting time for us and our program,” said Leblanc. “Our girls are determined and they are playing extremely hard. It’s always good when you can end a match in three sets.”
Leading the way for Lutcher was hitter Jariel Tureaud, who signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play at LSU next year.
The senior finished with 14 kills, 12 digs, two blocks and two aces, which were all team-highs.
“We’ve made it this far before, but I think we’re going all the way this year,” said Tureaud. “We just have to keep playing as a team and we’l be fine.”
Emily Gauthreaux led Vandebilt with 10 kills and 14 digs.
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 Division III semifinals.
Westlake’s Jaden Towner led the team in kills (13), blocks (5), and assists (8).
Teurlings Catholic 3, Parkview Baptist 0: Mackenzie Marze chipped in 11 kills to help back-to-back defending Division III champion Teurlings Catholic take out Parkview Baptist in three sets to advance to the semifinals on Friday.
Wesley Ann Foreman was the leader for Parkview with nine kills and two blocks.
Ursuline 3, Rayne 1: Brianna McKay racked up 15 kills to help No. 4 Ursuline take down No. 5 Rayne in four sets to advance to the Division III semifinals.
Charlesha Dugas had 15 kills and six blocks to lead the Wolves.