In a district rematch, but this time with a berth in the state tournament on the line, No. 6 St. Scholastica had no trouble dispatching of No. 11 Lakeshore 25-9, 25-11 and 25-14 Monday afternoon.
With the win, the Doves (21-9) advance to the Division II quarterfinals and await the winner of No. 3 Assumption and No. 14 Woodlawn-Baton Rouge on Thursday at the Pontchartrain Center.
Junior Allison Weimer led the Doves with nine kills, and Mikayla Richard had eight. Maddie Morris had a game-high 18 assists, and Molly Brown added 11.
Defensively, Weimer had two kills, and Morris added one. Kellie Garraway led SSA with 17 digs and Garraway and Annie Schwartz combined for four aces.
“We came in well prepared, and my team was very focused,” St. Scholastica coach Andrew Beyer said. “I’m very happy with the way they played and the attitude they brought to match.”
SSA rode an early 6-0 run in game one to take a 6-1 lead. Up 11-5, a 10-2 run helped spark the game one win.
“We didn’t have to play an opening round game, and you never know how having a week off is going to affect your team,” Beyer said. “But you could see all week long how hungry this team was and looking forward to getting back on the court. We were excited to get back into the gym and back on the court.”
SSA broke out to a 14-5 lead in game two and never trailed in the match as the lead grew to as much as 24-8 to give the Doves a 2-0 advantage.
SSA took a quick 6-2 lead in game three that ballooned to as much as 21-11 as SSA clinched the match.
“Now we get the chance to head to the state tournament,” Beyer said. “We know every match is going to be tough, and we are excited about that. We could play some familiar faces and some new faces. We look forward to the challenge.”
Ending their season with a 21-16 record, Titans coach Jennifer Hebert said her squad could not overcome their slow start.
“This match didn’t go at all the way we thought it would,” she said. “Win or lose, we expected to put up a good fight. We are so familiar with SSA being in the same district, it was a big surprise to me how we played tonight. We started off so badly, and then it rattled us mentally for the rest of the match. We just couldn’t bounce back from that.”
Caroline Golden led the Titans with seven kills and 11 digs on the night. Rachel Ducote had seven assists and junior Victoria Caruso had 10 digs.