McGehee entered the LHSAA state volleyball tournament at Kenner’s Pontchartrain Center as the top seed in Division V.
The Hawks looked every bit deserving of that, blanking Catholic Pointe Coupee 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-9) in the quarterfinals Thursday.
“We know as the No. 1 seed we are held to a high standard,” freshman outside hitter Jaida Felix said. “We try not to worry about that though. We just wanted to get the job done. It feels amazing.”
McGehee improved to 40-4 and will play No. 4 Ascension Catholic at 10 a.m. Friday in the semifinals.
“Their focus was really there today,” McGehee coach Val Whitfield-Dunn said. “The defense was solid, but I’d like for it be even better. But overall, I thought our girls came out as one unit and really stayed focused.”
Felix finished with 12 kills and 12 digs. Her sister Julia had 10 assists.
Naya Gros had 17 kills and five blocks and Taylor Ducros had 23 digs.
“We had to make sure we stayed focused, and I thought we did,” said Maddy Tillery, who had 17 assists.
Country Day 3, Episcopal of Acadiana 0: Country Day’s bid for a seventh straight title got off to a good start as the Cajuns cruised to a 25-11, 25-11, 25-13 victory.
The Cajuns, the No. 2 seed, will play No. 3 Ascension Episcopal at 10 a.m. Friday in the semifinals.
“The biggest thing we have been working on all year is consistency, and I think we executed that today,” junior setter Jenna Ibieta said.
Ibietta finished with 21 assists to lead the Cajuns (34-8).
Maddie Leger had 19 digs, while Samantha Henderson and Alex Smith had seven kills each.
“I believe in our team and believe we can do it,” Leger said. “We took that pressure and played well.”
Ascension Episcopal 3, First Baptist 0: Freshman Addie Vidrine had 19 kills and 16 digs to lead the Blue Gators (28-10).
Ascension Catholic 3, Houma Christian 0: Ascension Catholic (31-10), playing in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010, had little trouble in the quarterfinals.
Senior Michayla Spano led the Bulldogs with 25 assists.