The Volleyball State Tournament began in Kenner yesterday, and Ascension's own Dutchtown and St. Amant were both in action.

The Volleyball State Tournament began in Kenner yesterday, and Ascension's own Dutchtown and St. Amant were both in action.

The Lady Gators fell short in reaching the state semifinals for a second straight season. They were swept by second-seeded Archbishop Chapelle.

However, the dream of winning a state championship lives on for third-seeded Dutchtown. The Lady Griffins beat sixth-seeded Fontainebleau in a thrilling five-set match to come one step closer to the title game.

This was the ninth straight appearance in the state tournament for seventh-seeded St. Amant.

In the quarterfinal round, they faced a Chapelle squad that had beaten them twice during the regular season. The third time was not the charm for the Lady Gators.

The Chipmunks rolled to a straight-sets victory, winning by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-17.

In defeat, Megan Benoit had nine kills, and Kristen Savoy had 23 digs.

St. Amant's season ended with an overall record of 23-19.

The Dutchtown Lady Griffins shared the district title with St. Amant during the regular season. They fed off of the momentum of that title run by cruising into the state tournament for the first time since 2010.

They didn't drop a single set in their two victories.

In the quarterfinals against Fonainebleau, the Lady Bulldogs used a 9-2 run to take the first set, 25-19.

Dutchtown responded with a 24-17 victory in the second.

Fontainebleau went on an 8-0 spurt in the third to go up 2-1, but the Lady Griffins scathed off elimination with an easy 25-19 win in the fourth set.

That victory took the match to a decisive fifth frame. There, Dutchtown dominated, jumping out to a 12-3 lead.

They eventually clinched the match with a 15-4 win that pushed them through to the semifinals.

Leading them in the win was Zoe Wooten as she piled up 16 kills. Lauren Launey was close behind with 10.

The Lady Griffins are now set for a semifinal matchup against Chapelle on Friday evening.

This is the second time these two teams have faced off this year. In a regular-season matchup back on Sept. 20, the Chipmunks beat them in a five-set thriller.