MCA, STM, Teurlings, PJP II, Country Day seek repeats at Pontchartrain Center
One way or the other, there will be at least one new state champion of the five state champions Thursday-Saturday to be crowned at the LHSAA state volleyball tournament in Kenner at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner.
That is because four-time defending Division III state champion Teurlings Catholic has moved up to Division II.
The Rebels appear to be the best team in the state in any classification. Teurlings is unbeaten (40-0) and has victories over all four other top-seeds in St. Thomas More, Country Day, Mount Carmel and Pope John Paul II.
Ironically, the Rebels must open with arch-rival and five-time defending Division II state champion St. Thomas More (24-19) Thursday at 8 p.m. The Rebels swept all three matches from the Cougars this season.
Cabrini (29-13) is the second-seed. The Crescents open with District 7-II rival and seventh-seed Ben Franklin (26-15) Thursday at 4:20 p.m. Cabrini swept both regular season matches from the Falcons.
In Division I, three-time defending state champion Mount Carmel (37-7) opens with ninth-seed Baton Rouge (29-12) Thursday night at 8 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Academy (29-13) is the second-seed and the Redstickers will battle seventh-seed Acadiana (25-8). Mount Carmel and St. Joseph’s Academy split four matches this season.
In Division III, Vandebilt Catholic (38-5) is the top-seed. The Terriers open Thursday against arch-rival and District 8-III rival E.D. White Catholic (20-20) Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Vandebilt Catholic swept three matches from the Cardinals this season.
St. Michael the Archangel (30-4) is the second-seed. The Warriors open with 10th-seed De La Salle (22-19) Thursday at 9 a.m.
In Division IV, three-time defending state champion Pope John Paul II (35-5) opens Thursday at 9 a.m. against eighth-seed Academy of The Sacred Heart (13-13) of New Orleans at 9 a.m.
The second-seed is Notre Dame (33-10). The Pios open with 10th-seeded Northlake Christian (16-11) at 12:40 p.m. Thursday. Pope John Paul II won its only meeting with Notre Dame in the regular season.
In Division V, defending champion and top-seed Country Day (34-6) opens Thursday at 10:50 a.m. against eighth-seed Episcopal of Acadiana (18-14). The Cajuns won the only regular season matchup with the Falcons.
The second-seed is McGehee (40-3). The Hawks take on seventh-seed Catholic of Pointe Coupee (24-17) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Country Day beat McGehee in a close match during the regular season.
Prep Volleyball Quarterfinal Schedule for Thursday, Nov. 9
(1) Mount Carmel (37-7) vs. (9) Baton Rouge (29-12), 8 p.m.
(4) Northshore (24-10) vs. (5) Dominican (29-17), 6 p.m.
(11) Archbishop Chapelle (25-18) vs. (14) St. Amant (22-18), 6 p.m.
(2) St. Joseph’s Academy (29-13) vs. (7) Acadiana (25-8), 8 p.m.
(1) Teurlings Catholic (40-0) vs. (9) St. Thomas More (24-19), 8 p.m.
(4) Assumption (29-16) vs. (5) South Terrebonne (30-11), 4:20 p.m.
(3) St. Scholastica (33-8) vs. (6) South Lafourche (26-9), 6:10 p.m.
(2) Cabrini (29-13) vs. (7) Ben Franklin (26-15), 4:20 p.m.
(1) Vandebilt Catholic (38-5) vs. (8) E.D. White Catholic, 2:30 p.m.
(4) Ursuline (32-10) vs. (12) Westlake (24-13), 12:40 p.m.
(3) Parkview Baptist (35-7) vs. (11) Brusly (27-12), 10:50 a.m.
(2) St. Michael (30-4) vs. (10) De La Salle (22-19), 9 a.m.
(1) Pope John Paul II (35-5) vs. (8) Academy of Sacred Heart-N.O. (13-13), 9 a.m.
(4) Archbishop Hannan (30-10) vs. (5) Newman (29-10), 9 a.m.
(3) University (35-6) vs. (6) Riverside (31-11), 10:50 a.m.
(2) Notre Dame (33-10) vs. (10) Northlake Christian (16-11), 12:40 p.m.
(1) Country Day (34-6) vs. (8) Episcopal of Acadiana (18-14), 10:50 a.m.
(4) Central Catholic (32-11) vs. (5) St. John (22-9), 12:40 p.m.
(3) Ascension Episcopal (32-8) vs. (6) St. Martin’s Episcopal (26-12), 2:30 p.m.
(2) McGehee (40-3) vs. (7) Catholic-PC (24-17), 2:30 p.m.
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