Tthe All-District 4 team was chocked full of parish products. In fact, of the 23 players that made the squad, 17 were from the three Ascension schools.
It was a terrific season for the three Ascension volleyball teams in Division I, District 4. Not only did all three make the playoffs, but all three won at least one postseason game.
Two reached the state tournament.
As a result, the All-District 4 team was chocked full of parish products. In fact, of the 23 players that made the squad, 17 were from the three Ascension schools.
The Dutchtown Lady Griffins had the most successful year of the three parish squads. They placed six on the all-district team.
Dutchtown had a superb regular season in which they won 36 matches. This included a 13-1 start to the season.
They only lost one match in district play. That was a road defeat to St. Amant.
With the two teams splitting league matches, they shared the district title. This was the second straight season they did that. Last year, it was a three-way tie between St. Amant, Dutchtown and East Ascension.
With Dutchtown winning a share of the district crown, it was the first time in school history they won back-to-back league championships.
The Lady Griffins went on to reach the state tournament for the first time since 2010, where they made a run to the state semifinals.
Head coach Patrick Ricks was named the district's Coach of the Year.
Ricks said of his squad this year: “I really enjoy this team. This is a really fun team to coach. It’s a great group of girls, a great coaching staff and we’re getting a ton of support from the administration. It’s a great time to be a part of Dutchtown Griffin volleyball.”
The Lady Griffins had two first-team selections in junior Zoe Wooten and sophomore India Bennett.
Making the second team were seniors Lauren Launey and Madison Lee.
Two Lady Griffins were honorable-mention selections in seniors Kristyn St. Pierre and Annie Pavleszek.
St. Amant had the most selections of any team in the district with seven.
The Lady Gators went 21-18 during the regular season. This included a near perfect run in district.
They went on to reach the state tournament for a ninth straight season, before getting ousted by eventual state runner-up Archbishop Chapelle in the quarterfinals.
There were two Lady Gators that made the first team. One of these selections was senior Kristen Savoy, who was named the district's Defensive MVP.
Joining her on the first-team squad was sophomore Gracie Duplechein.
There were four second-team selections. They were senior Megan Benoit, juniors Aubrey Dwane and Elaina Anderson and sophomore Olivia Rome.
Finally, Zoe Richard made honorable mention.
Even though East Ascension wasn't able to win a share of the district title for a second straight year, they had the most first-team all-league selections of any team with three.
The Lady Spartans went 25-15 during the regular season and reached the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.
They swept Byrd in the opening round, but they were defeated by H.L. Bourgeois in round two.
Leading the charge for the Lady Spartans was senior Diamond Jones. Jones was named the district's Offensive MVP for a second straight season.
Joining her on the first team were two juniors in Truli Joseph and Londyn Brown.
Their final all-district selection was Abby LeBourgeois. She made the second team.