Mount Carmel and St. Joseph's have won 13 of the past 15 volleyball state championships in the LHSAA's large school classification.
Fittingly, the two teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner for the Division I title after semifinal victories Friday.
Top seed Mount Carmel beat No. 4 Nortshore 3-0. Just a few moments later, No. 2 St. Joseph's finished off No. 14 St. Amant for a 3-0 victory in the other semifinal.
Now the Cubs (38-7) and Redstickers (30-13) will play for the fifth time this season after splitting four matches.
The stakes will be much higher for the fifth round Saturday night.
"It's a great way to break the tie in the state finals," Mount Carmel coach April Hagadone said.
Mount Carmel will be going for its fourth consecutive title and 12th overall. St. Joseph's will be going for its 11th state title overall.
Both teams have dominated the past 15 years, with St. Joseph's winning seven titles since 2002 and Mount Carmel winning six. The only two times during that stretch that someone else won was 2011 (Fontainebleau) and 2005 (Mandeville).
This will be the sixth time MCA and St. Joseph's have played in the final during that stretch, including last season.
It's the ninth consecutive time the Cubs have made it to the final. The last time they didn't make it was 2008.
"It's exciting," St. Joseph's setter Julia Welsh said. "Everyone looks forward to the chance to play in the finals, but it's even more special when you get to do it against your rival. We were determined to win and get to that final game. "
Welsh admits it was a little difficult to not look ahead to the final.
"It was , but you have to have tunnel vision and worry about one step at a time," Welsh said.
St. Joseph's coach Sivi Miller is going for her fifth state title at the school after leading the Redstickers to a three-peat in 2007-2009 and winning it again in 2013.
"Just to be in the finals for both teams is an honor," Miller said.
But both teams would like nothing more than to add another trophy to their crowded trophy cases.
"St. Joseph's is an incredible team with an incredible coach," Mount Carmel's Ellie Holman said. "It's going to be a battle. Every team is going to give their all. It's going to be the team that has the most heart that will win."
MOUNT CARMEL 3, NORTHSHORE 0: Holman was dominant for Mount Carmel, finishing with 23 kills, 18 digs, five blocks and three aces in the Cubs' 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20 victory. Tori Frught had 46 assists and Jordan Berry had 14 digs.
"We played really well," Hagadone sasid. "Northshore played great defense and really gave us a run for our money and pushed us. I think we are playing at our best right now, and I'm just hope we can keep it up through (Saturday)."
Amanda Giardina had 32 assists, while Carly Merry and Madeline Vollenweider had 12 kills each for Northshore, which finished 24-11.
ST. JOSEPH'S 3, ST. AMANT 0: The Redstickers won 25-11, 29-27 and 25-11 to get their third win of the season against the Gators. Katie Polson had 13 assists and Welsh had 12 to lead SJA. Tess Hiller had 12 digs and Amber Haynes finished with a team-high 9 kills.
"I felt the girls played very aggressive," Miller said. "We came out with intent and it was team effort."
Gracie Duplechein's 17 assists led the Gators (23-19), who reached the semifinals despite being a No. 14 seed. St. Amant knocked off No. 3 East Ascension in the second round and No. 11 Chapelle in the quarterfinals.