Ursuline Academy's bid to get back to the state championship game and finish its unfinished business from a season ago fell just short.
But boy did the Lions put up a fight.
After dropping the first two sets, No. 4 Ursuline forced a fifth set before falling to top-seeded Vandebilt Catholic in the Division III semifinals at Pontchartain Center.
"I love all the fight we showed," Ursuline coach Jay Jay Juan said. "We gave a lot of fight and that's all you can ask for."
Ursuline, which lost to Teurlings Catholic in last season's title game, finished the season 32-11.
Vandebilt Catholic (39-5), seeking its first title in school history, advances to Saturday's 2 p.m. title game to face No. 2 St. Michael (31-4), also seeking its first championship.
Ursuline lost 27-25 and 25-16 in the first two sets before winning the next two 26-17 and 25-20. In the fifth set, Ursuline trailed 5-2 and then 9-4 before cutting it to 12-9. But the Terriers scored the next three points to win it.
"You can't give up after you win the first two sets," Vandebilt coach Greg Castillo said. "You have to be in it and be ready for every contact. Not just every point, but every contact. We slacked off, but going into the fifth set my setter told the team that everybody has everybody's back. That's how we've been all year."
Jessica Addvensky led Ursuline with 20 kills and five aces. Nadia Farley had 15 kills and three blocks. Olivia Weinstein had 38 assists and Macie Grubbs had 29 digs.
It was the final high school game for seniors Addvensky, Grubbs, Weinstein and Natalie Richard.
Emily Gauthreaux had 37 kills to lead Vandebilt Catholic. Andrea Buquet had 59 assists.
"It was a great season," Juan said. "To get to the semifinals is a great feat, and I credit them for that."
ST. MICHAEL 3, PARKVIEW BAPTIST 1: The No. 2 Warriors dropped the first set, but rallied to win the next three to advance to the championship game.
It was the third match of the season between the two district rivals, who split their first two matches.
"Even before the match started, we knew it would likely go four or five sets because we are so familiar with each other," St. Michael coach Rob Smith said. "I didn't think either team was so dominant that either would win in three because we match up so well. Somebody had to win the first set, so that didn't change the mentality of what we had to do. We responded real well in the second set."
After losing the first set 21-25, the Warriors won the next three 25-10, 25-23 and 25-18. St.Michael (31-4) advances to the title game for the first time in 10 years when they lost to Cabrini.
Amber Igiede led St. Michael with 25 kills and five blocks.
Leanne Sorrel finished with 24 assists for Parkview Baptist (35-8).