All three of St. Tammany Parish's Division IV volleyball teams earned berths in the state tournament at the Pontchartrain Center after opening-round playoff victories.
Top-seeded Archbishop Hannan had no trouble with No. 32 Bogalusa on Oct. 31 at home, dominating the Lumberjacks 25-5, 25-1 and 25-1. A day later, a three-game sweep of No. 16 Riverside Academy at home 25-13, 25-4 and 25-8 sent the Hawks into the state quarterfinals.
No. 5 Northlake Christian also is making a return trip to the state tournament after defeating No. 28 KIPP Renaissance on Oct. 30 at home 25-9, 25-10 and 25-3. Kyren Whittington led the way for Northlake Christian with 13 kills, five digs and a pair of aces.
“As Mia (Chiota) said, we came out taking nothing for granted,” said Whittington. “The warm-ups before the game were kind of rough so I knew I had to focus on making clean, hard shots once the play started.”
Against No. 12 Episcopal-Baton Rouge on Nov. 1, Chiota led the way with 19 kills, 23 digs and seven aces as the Wolverines won in three 25-16, 25-13 and 25-18.
Four-time defending Division IV champion Pope John Paul II easily defeated No. 29 Donaldsonville at home on Oct. 30 in its first round match, 25-13, 25-4 and 25-13. The No. 4-ranked Jaguars then defeated No. 13 St. Charles on Nov. 1 in four games to return to the Pontchartrain Center yet again.
Pope John Paul II and Northlake Christian will play one another in a quarterfinal. Hannan will pay No. 8 Sacred Heart on Thursday in another quarterfinal. The winners of those matches will meet in the Division IV semifinals on Friday.
In Division V action, No. 30 Christ Episcopal lost the school’s first volleyball playoff game to No. 3 Central Catholic on Oct. 30, 25-6, 25-6, 25-12 on the road. A day later, No. 15 First Baptist saw its season come to an end against No. 18 False River in five games, 25-20, 27-25, 23-25, 20-25 and 13-15 in a match held at Our Lady of Lourdes gymnasium in Slidell.
Dave Woodall contributed to this report