The top-ranked Assumption Mustangs breezed into the Division II state championship game Friday afternoon with a convincing 25-15, 25-13 and 25-17 win over Ben Franklin in the LHSAA state volleyball tournament at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center.
With the win, Assumption (38-6) moves onto take on St. Thomas More at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
“I really couldn’t be happier or more proud of the entire season that we have had as a program,” Mustangs coach Sandy Fussell said. “I have been fortunate enough to coach a great group of girls and to see them set a goal to get back to the state championship, words cannot just express the emotions I’m feeling right now for them.”
Assumption was led by Kevreion Ward who had 13 kills and Hannah Brister added 12 kills in victory. Ward also had two blocks and Dina Crochet and Sunni Blanchard combined for seven aces. Defensively, Crochet had six digs and Claire Landry and Caroline Gonzales added five digs in the win.
“Nobody really believed that we deserved the No. 1 ranking that we have had for a majority of the season,” Fussell said. “People have said we played a light schedule. I just don’t believe that to be true.”
Ben Franklin (30-15) was led by Allison Olsonoski who had 11 kills and Angela Higginson, who finished with nine kills. Victoria Tidwell had a pair of aces and Claire Molaison had 22 assists. Defensively, Victoria Tidwell had 15 digs.
“Assumption is a really good team,” Falcons coach JoDee Pulizzano said. “Unfortunately for us, we allowed Assumption to set the tone early. They were on fire and in the first game it seemed like they didn’t have any errors. Once we got into the game, we started digging the ball and moving around offensively, but it was too late to really affect the ballgame.”
Assumption will meet St. Thomas More in the title match at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
ST. THOMAS MORE 3, ST. SCHOLASTICA 0: St. Thomas More wrapped up a return trip the championship game with a convincing semifinal victory over St. Scholastica. The third-seeded Cougars won in straight sets over second-seeded SSA, 25-16, 25-19, 25-22. The Cougars (34-8) were last year’s Division II champ.
Kathleen Alexander led St. Thomas More with nine kills, and three blocks. Melanie Zimmer had seven kills and six blocks. Molly Jacobsen and Avery Breaux combined for 29 assists.
St. Scholastica (37-7) was led by Jessica Lucio with 11 kills. Emma Estapa had 22 assists.