Lady Pios march into semifinals with win over Sacred Heart

KENNER – The top-seeded Notre Dame Lady Pios inched closer to their fourth straight state volleyball championship Thursday with a 3-0 victory over No. 8 seed Academy of the Sacred Heart in a Division IV quarterfinal contest at the Ponchartrain Center.
The Lady Pios were never threatened in the match. They won the first two games convincingly before closing out the match with a 25-15 victory.
“We just overpowered them, basically,” said Notre Dame coach Tara Young following the victory. “We had some nerves early on, but we did some of the really basic things well so it allowed us to kind of work through the jitters fairly quickly.
“We controlled the ball, which helps because anytime your passing the ball well, it makes everything look so much simpler.”
The Lady Pios had another big game at the net with senior Lindsey Meyer and sophomore Grace Morgan combining for 22 kills. Meyer led the charge with 13 kills while also picking up 11 digs, one assist and two aces. Morgan had nine kills, eight digs and one ace.
Young also got a big push from sophomore Anne Faulk, who logged nine kills and three digs.
“Anne held her own and did really well,” said Young. “She’s one of the young ones that I think, maybe, was a little nervous early on. She always has some kills, but when you can get a young kid in there at the top of the leader board with kills, that’s obviously beneficial to your team and the outcome.”
Alex Miller and Sam Lyons set up the offense for the trio by combining for 38 assists on the day. Miller had 23 assists to go along with four kills, six digs and four aces.  Lyons had 15 assists, two kills, eight digs, one ace and two blocks.
Also contributing in the victory were Laura Schmid with five kills and four digs; Gabbie Romero, 1 kill, six digs; Allie Daigle, 22 digs and Olivia Barbin, four digs.
The Lady Pios will take on No. 4 seed Riverside today at 10 a.m. on Court 2 in a semifinal contest.
Riverside defeated No. 5 Pope John Paul II 3-1 in their quarterfinal matchup Thursday morning.
“Riverside is tough,” said Young. “They’ve got size and they’ve got one particularly dominant player. And they have enough talent around her that it’s going to be a hard-fought match.
“I think we’re definitely up for the challenge. We’re ready and we’re right where we need to be.”
The winner of tomorrow’s semifinal will match up with either No. 2 Newman or No. 3 University on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the state title game.

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