The south shore continued its recent dominance in its annual battle with the north shore in the Stanley W. Ray tournament at Sacred Heart.
The south shore schools won the tournament for the third straight year, winning 16-9 in its head-to-head matches against schools from the north shore in the two-day tournament Friday and Saturday.
Chapelle, Country Day, John Curtis, Mount Carmel and tournament host Sacred Heart represented the south shore, while the north shore was represented by St. Scholastica, Mandeville, First Baptist, Northshore and one out-of-state school (Duchesne School from Houston.)
The tournament featured six schools ranked in The New Orleans Advocate’s Sweet 16 volleyball rankings: Country Day, Curtis, Mount Carmel, Northshore, Sacred Heart and St. Scholastica. Mandeville, Mount Carmel, Country Day and Sacred Heart all went 4-1 in the tournament.
The south shore leads the way in this week’s rankings, with Mount Carmel topping the large school rankings and McGehee leading the way in the small school rankings.
Tuesday’s schedule is highlighted by Ben Franklin (No. 2 in large schools) at Hannan (No. 7 in small schools); Mandeville (No. 6 in large schools) vs. St. Scholastica (No. 3 in large schools); and Mount Carmel (No. 1 in large schools) against Baton Rouge power St. Joseph’s.
Mount Carmel and St. Joseph’s have played for the state championship eight times, with Mount Carmel winning last season. St. Joseph’s was the only team to beat Mount Carmel in the regular season last year. And Mount Carmel was the only team to beat St. Joseph’s in the regular season. The teams split four matches in the regular season, but the Cubs won the one that mattered most at the Pontchartrain Center.