Greater New Orleans area comprises half of field for state volleyball tournament

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The city of Lafayette is ready for an invasion of volleyball fans from the Greater New Orleans area.

A total of 20 of the 40 schools set to play in the LHSAA state tournament beginning Thursday at the Cajundome in Lafayette come from metro New Orleans, including Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. John Parish and St. Tammany Parish.

The usual powers are there, ready and poised to pounce on repeating as champions.

All 40 teams will be in action Thursday.

That includes Division I, where two-time defending champion and top seed Dominican (40-3) is ready to defend its title, squaring off with District 7-I rival Archbishop Chapelle (23-15) at 8 p.m.

Dominican swept three regular season matches with the Chipmunks.

No. 4 Northshore (25-14) will battle No. 5 Sam Houston (30-10) at 4:20 p.m. at 4:20 p.m. The Panthers lost in the regional round to Dominican a year ago.

No. 2 Mount Carmel Academy (35-3), which won six straight Division I state titles from 2014-2019, will take on No. 7 Mandeville (25-13) at 8 p.m. in what should be a good match. Mount Carmel defeated Mandeville twice in regular season matches.

In Division II, defending state champion St. Thomas More (38-1) is the top seed and the Cougars take on District 3-II rival and No. 8 seed Comeaux. St. Thomas More swept a pair of regular season matches with the Spartans.

No. 5 seed Belle Chasse (33-9) battles No. 4 seed Assumption at 2:30 p.m. The Cardinals reached the semifinals a year ago, falling to St. Thomas More.

No. 3 Ben Franklin (39-6) battles No. 6 St. Scholastics (24-14) at 2:30 p.m. The Falcons swept the Doves back on September 1. Ben Franklin reached the semifinals a year ago, falling to Teurlings Catholic.

No. 7 Academy of Our Lady (26-10) faces No. 2 Teurlings Catholic at 6 p.m. The Penguins reached the quarterfinals a year ago while the Rebels lost a thriller to St. Thomas More in the title match.

In Division III, Dunham (32-6) is the top seed and will take on District 6-III rival St. Michael at 9 a.m. The Tigers swept the Warriors in three sets in a regular season match.

No. 4 seed Haynes Academy (30-6) will take on No. 5 Parkview Baptist at 12:40 p.m. The Yellow Jackets edged the Eagles 21-25, 25-19, 16-14 in a tightly contest tournament game in the regular season. Haynes reached the quarterfinals a year ago.

Two-time Defending state champion and No. 2 seed Archbishop Hannan (32-7) takes on No. 10 Catholic of New Iberia at 2:30 p.m.

In Division IV, top seed Newman (36-5) takes on No. 8 St. Charles Catholic (19-16) at 10:50 a.m. The Greenies opened the season with a straight set win over the Comets on August 30.

No. 3 John Curtis Christian ( battles No. 6 Academy of The Sacred Heart of New Orleans (25-10) at 10:50 a.m. The Patriots (30-8) have won 12 straight and that streak started on October 11 with a five-set win at Sacred Heart.

Defending state champion Notre Dame (28-16) is the fifth seed and the Pios take on No. 4 Calvary Baptist at 4:20 p.m.

A pair of District 5-IV rivals meet again when No. 2 Pope John Paul II (25-8) faces No. 7 Northlake Christian (21-13) at 4:20 p.m. The Jaguars swept both regular season meetings with the Wolverines.

In Division V, six-time defending state champion Country Day (29-4) is set to meet No. 9 seed and District 9-V rival McGehee (23-11) at 12:40 p.m. The Cajuns handled the Hawks in straight sets in district play on October 6.

No. 7 Riverside Academy (20-16) will face No. 2 Westminster Christian at 9 a.m. Westminster Christian defeated the Rebels in a tournament contest on October 30.

LHSAA State Volleyball Tournament Schedule for Thursday, Nov. 10
Division I
(1) Dominican vs. (9) Archbishop Chapelle, 8 p.m. Court 1
(4) Northshore vs. (5) Sam Houston, 4:20 p.m. Court 2
(3) Dutchtown vs. (6) St. Joseph’s, 8 p.m. Court 2
(2) Mount Carmel vs. (7) Mandeville, 8 p.m. Court 3

Division II
(1) St. Thomas More vs. (8) Comeaux, 6:10 p.m. Court 3
(4) Assumption vs. (5) Belle Chasse, 2:30 p.m. Court 1
(3) Ben Franklin vs. (6) St. Scholastica, 2:30 p.m. Court 3
(2) Teurlings Catholic vs. (7) Academy of Our Lady, 6:10 p.m. Court 1

Division III
(1) Dunham vs. (9) St. Michael, 9 a.m. Court 2
(4) Haynes Academy vs. (5) Parkview Baptist, 12:40 p.m. Court 3
(3) E.D. White Catholic vs. (6) Lafayette Christian, 10:50 a.m. Court 2
(2) Archbishop Hannan vs. (10) Catholic (NI), 2:30 p.m. Court 2

Division IV
(1) Newman vs. (8) St. Charles Catholic, 10:50 a.m. Court 1
(4) Calvary Baptist vs. (5) Notre Dame, 4:20 p.m. Court 3
(3) John Curtis vs. (6) Sacred Heart (NO), 10:50 a.m. Court 3
(2) Pope John Paul II vs. (7) Northlake Christian, 4:20 p.m. Court 1

Division V (1) Country Day vs. (9) McGehee, 12:40 p.m. Court 1
(4) Ascension Episcopal vs. (5) Episcopal of Acadiana, 6:10 p.m. (Court 2)
(3) Central Catholic vs. (6) Ascension Catholic, 9 a.m. Court 1
(2) Westminster Christian vs. (7) Riverside, 9 a.m. Court 3

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