Four points from reaching the Division II semifinals in nearly a decade, Ben Franklin’s Katlyn Dent missed a dig which ricocheted off her head Thursday afternoon at the Pontchartrain Center.
Dent paused, laughing at herself, before her teammates joined 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.
“All season we’ve been up and down, but we’ve had confidence in ourselves, and I think it really showed this game,” Olsonoski said. “We really trusted each other, we hustled after every ball. We left it all over the court.”
Angela Higginson had nine kills for Franklin, and Maria Huntley and Olsonoski had four blocks apiece. Victoria Tidwell added 21 digs.
Lakeshore (30-11) was led by Erin Schenck (12 kills) and Julia Dean (nine kills).
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) during a Division II quarterfinal.
Hannah Brister finished with 21 kills, and Kevreion Ward had 17 kills for Assumption (37-6).
Rakell Spencer led Cabrini’s upset big with 21 kills and four blocks. Teammate Emma Petta added eight kills. Blythe Smith had 16 digs.
ST. SCHOLASTICA 3, ST. MICHAEL 0: St. Michael the Archangel was told the Pontchartrain Center can get loud, even rowdy during the LHSAA Volleyball State 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.
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.
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 Academy of Our Lady.
The sophomore tallied 10 kills with two aces and 10 digs during a 25-22, 25-12, 25-17 win.
Academy of Our Lady (31-8) was led by Adde Baldwin (eight kills) and Kate LeBoeuf (five kills, three blocks).