Volleyball: St. Joseph’s knocks out Mount Carmel; Dominican, ASH, PJP, Cajuns, Hawks, Crescents on to title match
KENNER – While familiar local faces punched their ticket to championship Saturday at the LHSAA volleyball championships at the Pontchartrain Center, Friday’s big story was the team that did not advance.
There will be a new Division I champion crowned Saturday night as six-time defending champion Mount Carmel lost to St. Joseph’s Academy in four sets (25-22, 25-21, 24-26, 29-27) Friday morning.
The third-seeded Redstickers took the first two sets and rallied to win the fourth set to capture the match and advance to the final against No. 1 seed Dominican, who handled No. 4 Mandeville 25-14, 25-21, 25-19. The title match is set for 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
The loss snapped a 27-match postseason winning streak for Mount Carmel, which last dropped a state tournament match in the 2013 Division I championship, also to SJA.
St. Joseph’s dropped the third set 26-24 and fell behind 12-4 in the fourth set before rallying. The Redstickers tied the set seven times before finally taking a 28-27 led on a kill by Erin Beene, who had a hand in multiple key points during the match. SJA then closed it out on its first match point opportunity.
In Division II, No. 2 St. Thomas More handed No. 3 Academy of Our Lady its first loss, eliminating the Penguins 25-19, 25-13, 25-15. The Cougars will face top seed and seven-time defending champion Teurlings Catholic in the title match at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rebels downed No. 4 Vandebilt Catholic 25-11, 25-22, 25-9.
In Division III, fourth-seeded Cabrini eliminated No. 1 seed E.D. White in four sets (25-14, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22) in a rematch of last year’s championship. The defending champion Crescents captured the final two sets, winning 25-22 in the fourth, to reach the championship match for the fourth consecutive season.
Cabrini will face Archbishop Hannan in Saturday’s Division III final at 2 p.m.
The third-seeded Hawks downed No. 7 Ursuline Academy 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 to advance to the final.
A pair of area teams will square off for the Division IV championship.
No. 4 Sacred Heart of New Orleans advanced with a eliminated Ascension Episcopal 25-22, 25-23, 25-20.
The Cardinals will square off with third seed Pope John Paul II at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for the title.
The Jaguars advanced with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 victory over No. 2 John Curtis Christian.
In Division V, Country Day will play for a fifth consecutive state title and 10th in 11 years. The Cajuns dispatched Ascension Episcopal in straight sets (25-13, 25-20, 25-20) Friday in a semifinal match that lasted just more than an hour.
Country Day will meet 11th-seeded McGehee or in the Division V title match at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Hawks downed No. 10 Central Catholic 25-20, 25-12, 25-23. Country Day defeated Central Catholic in straight sets for the 2019 title.
LHSAA Volleyball Championships
at Pontchartrain Center, Kenner
Semifinals – Friday
(3) St. Joseph’s Academy def. (2) Mount Carmel, 3-1 (25-22, 25-21, 24-26, 29-27)
(1) Dominican def. (4) Mandeville, 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-19)
(1) Teurlings Catholic def. (4) Vandebilt Catholic, 3-0 (25-11, 25-22, 25-9)
(2) St. Thomas More def. (3) Academy of Our Lady 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-15)
(4) Cabrini def. (1) E.D. White, 3-1 (25-14, 19-25, 25-21, 25-22)
(3) Archbishop Hannan def. (7) Ursuline Academy 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-17)
(3) Pope John Paul II def. (2) John Curtis Christian 25-22, 25-22, 25-17
(4) Academy of the Sacred Heart over (8) Ascension Episcopal 25-22, 25-23, 25-20
(1) Country Day def. (4) Ascension Catholic, 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-20)
(11) McGehee def. (10) Central Catholic 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-23)
Championship – Saturday
Division V – (1) Country Day vs. (11) McGehee, 9 a.m.
Division IV – (3) Pope John Paul II vs. (4) Academy of the Sacred Heart (NO), 11:30 a.m.
Division III – (4) Cabrini vs. (3) Archbishop Hannan, 2 p.m.
Division II – (1) Teurlings Catholic vs. (2) St. Thomas More, 4:30 p.m.
Division I – (3) St. Joseph’s Academy vs. (1) Dominican, 7 p.m.
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…