University High, The Dunham School, St. John-Plaquemine, St. Michael the Archangel and Catholic-Pointe Coupee all punched their tickets to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Volleyball Tournament with regional-round victories on Monday.
Fourth-seeded UHS (31-11) of Division IV ousted St. Charles Catholic 3-0. Catholic-PC, seeded eighth, upset traditional power Episcopal School of Acadiana 3-1 to help lead the Division V trio that advanced.
No. 4 St. John (31-9) and The Dunham School (18-20), seeded sixth, each claimed 3-0 victories.
St. John defeated St. Martin’s Episcopal, while Dunham beat Crowley’s Northside Christian.
Seventh-seeded St. Michael (24-11) defeated Sam Houston 3-1 in Division II action.
UNIVERSITY 3, ST. CHARLES 0: Lindsay Flory and Terri Drake teamed up to lead the Cubs. Flory had 7 kills, 9 assists and 4 service aces, while Drake added 15 assists, 5 kills and 3 digs in a 25-6, 25-13, 25-19 win.
Destiny Ephrom added four kills for the winners, who advance to No. 5 Archbishop Hannan in a quarterfinal set for 9 a.m. Thursday at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center.
ST. JOHN 3, ST. MARTIN’S 0: The trio of Payton Passantino, Carolyn Glaser and Claire Pearce led the way for the Eagles, who won 25-16, 25-17, 25-20.
Passantino had 13 kills and 10 digs, while Glaser finished with 10 kills and 3 blocks. Pearce dished out 24 assists and had two service aces.
DUNHAM 3, NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN 0: Anna Catherine Padgett led the way for the Tigers with 19 kills, 9 digs and 4 aces. Ty Howell finished with 8 kills and 3 blocks, while Alyssa Deason contributed 19 assists in the 25-17, 25-21, 25-15 Dunham win.
Dunham meets No. 3 Sacred Heart-Grand Coteau at 10:50 a.m. Thursday in Division V quarterfinal action.
CATHOLIC-PC 3, EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF ACADIANA 1: Maddie Breaux finished with nine kills to help lead CHSPC, which faces No. 1 Metairie Park Country Day at 9 a.m. in Thursday’s Division V quarterfinal round.
Victoria Iinsland added 15 digs and Isabell Gilfoil had 13 assists for the New Roads-based Hornets.
ST. MICHAEL 3, SAM HOUSTON 1: Madeline Gremillion powered the Warriors with 14 kills, 22 digs and 2 blocks in a 25-16, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20 victory.
Amari Bellard finished with 23 digs and 2 aces; Whitney Hartmann tallied 6 kills and 3 blocks.
SMHS meets No. 2 St. Scholastica in a quarterfinal set for 6:10 p.m. Thursday.
CABRINI 3, CENTRAL 1: Division II Central, seeded eighth, saw its season come to an end with No. 9 Cabrini taking a 25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19 win.
Jordan Stephens led Central with 14 kills and 8 digs. Brandy Wilson added 8 kills and 6 blocks with Kaitlyn Cooke contributing 19 assists and 6 digs.
Rakell Spencer led Cabrini with 17 kills and 8 blocks. Blythe Smith had 15 digs.
E.D. WHITE 3, BRUSLY 1: Brusly of Division III lost 17-25, 25-11, 25-18, 25-14.
Claire Daigle with 22 digs and Victoria Genusa with 22 assists helped lead the Panthers. Johnee Lablanc chipped in with 10 kills for BHS.
SACRED HEART-GRAND COTEAU 3, SOUTHERN LAB 0: In Grand Coteau, the Saints’ offensive attack was too much for Southern Lab in a Division V regional-round match.
The Saints’ attackers hammered their way to the state volleyball turnament for a second straight year, registering 35 kills in a 25-18, 25-7, 25-19 victory.
ASH played at a speed that was difficult to match, said Southern Lab volleyball coach Alicia Hale, whose team made the playoffs for the first time since 1999.
“I thought we had trouble adjusting to the speed of the game they play. Instead of playing our game I thought we played the way they were playing,” Hale said.
Southern Lab ended the season 19-9.
Third-seeded ASH (28-10) meets No. 6 Dunham in a quarterfinal set for 10:50 a.m. Thursday at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center.
ASH volleyball coach Megan McCown said her team played with the goal of again reaching the state tourney.
“The girls were excited. We hadn’t played in about a week and I thought we came out hungry and determined. We came out and attacked,” McCown said.
The Saints never trailed whilw winning the first set 25-18. In the second set Southern Lab scored three straight to even it at four. Then behind the serving of Kathleen Boulet, Sacred Heart won seven straight to lead 11-4.
Middle hitter Jennifer Link killed a shot at the net to help the Saints to a 17-7 advantage.
The Kittens then failed to break the Saints’ Hailey Gauther, who served the last eight points.
Southern Lab kept it closer in the final set. The Kittens never led, but an ASH hitting error allowed the Kittens to pull within 11-10.
Erin Mockler served ASH to a 17-11 lead after that, but a couple of kills and a block from Lab’s Autumn Moore made it 23-19.
Moore and Destinie Taylor were the servers during the run of seven straight Kittens’ points.
Southern Lab was plagued by hitting and service errors in the final two sets.
The Kittens had six serving errors each in the second and third sets. Hale said she wasn’t surprised by that statistic.
“Our serving is something that we have struggled with the whole season,” she said.