While many from Teurlings Catholic’s fans flocked to the Pontchartrain Center on Thursday to see the Rebels continue their march toward a third consecutive Division III volleyball title, coach Terry Hebert was focused on a different number.
“I’ve told the girls all year that they are fighting to win this team’s first title,” said Hebert.
“Whenever we start thinking about the pressure of three-peating, they tend to get a little tight. So I tell them to just focus on this team and this season, and they’ve done a great job with that.”
The No. 1-seeded Rebels (30-8) used that focus to dispatch No. 8 Parkview Baptist (24-17) with a 25-19, 26-24, 25-19 three-set victory in the Division III quarterfinals.
Junior hitter Mackenzie Marze led the way for Teurlings with 11 kills and a block, while Jolie Hidalgo threw in 10 kills and an ace.
Teurlings advances to play No. 4 Ursuline Academy at 11:50 a.m Friday in a rematch of last year’s title game.
Parkview Baptist hitter Wesley Ann Foreman led the team with nine kills and two blocks, and Hannah Fontenot finished the match with 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).
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 Rebels.
Lutcher 3, Vandebilt Catholic 0: LSU signee Jariel Tureaud carried No. 2 Lutcher with 14 kills and 12 digs on the way to a three-set victory over No. 7 Vandebilt Catholic in the Division III quarterfinals on Thursday.
Emily Gauthreaux led the way for the Terriers with a team-high 10 kills and 14 digs.