Sacred Heart, John Curtis highlight opening of LHSAA state volleyball playoffs

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The LHSAA Volleyball Playoffs get underway today with a few opening round matches, including those with nine teams from the extended Metro New Orleans area in action.

That includes a pair of local teams that are dark horse contenders for state honors in Division IV in Academy of the Sacred Heart and John Curtis Christian, both of whom reached the quarterfinals a year ago. Sacred Heart won state championships in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

In Division 1, No. 25 Hammond (20-16) travels to No 8 St. Amant (19-14) at 5:30 p.m.

In Division III, District 2-III rivals hook up as No. 28 Jennings (13-13) travels to No. 5 Iowa (34-7) at 5:30 p.m. Iowa dismissed Jennings in straight sets on Oct. 22.

Also in Division III, No. 20 Crowley (12-16) plays at No. 13 Iota (17-18) at 6 p.m. Iota won both regular season meetings with the Gents.

In another Division III match, No. 27 St. Martinville (11-20) is at No. 6 Lutcher (21-13) at 5 p.m.

The final Division III match Tuesday sends No. 31 Abramson Sci Academy (8-7) to No. 2 E.D. White Catholic (32-8). The Cardinals had a 10-match win streak snapped against Division V top seed Country Day on Nov. 2 in their final regular season match of the season.

In Division IV, No. 8 Academy of The Sacred Heart of New Orleans (21-11) will host No. 25 Springfield (9-19) at 6 p.m.

Also in Division IV, dangerous ninth-seeded John Curtis Christian (30-12) is at home against No. 24 Loyola Prep (12-19) at 5 p.m.

No. 21 Morris Jeff Community (16-6) travels to No. 12 Many (22-8) at 5 p.m.

No. 29 Pine (14-9) travels to Baton Rouge to take on No. 4 Parkview Baptist (30-10) at 5 p.m. The Eagles are hot, entering the playoffs having won 14 of their last 15 matches.

No. 22 St. Thomas Aquinas (10-17) heads to New Orleans to face No. 11 Newman (17-14) at 5 p.m. The Greenies closed the season on a 3-match win streak.

No. 31 Franklin (5-27) plays at No. 2 Dunham (32-6) at 6 p.m.

In Division V, No. 24 Christ Episcopal (10-16) travels to No. 9 Westminster Christian (22-13) at 5:30 p.m.

No. 18 False River (12-15) plays at No. 15 Ascension Christian (9-14) at 6 p.m.

BRACKETS:

Division I Division II Division III
Division IV Division V

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