St. Amant’s Elena Villar signs with the University of New Orleans

Michael Tortorich
St. Amant volleyball standout Elena Villar signs with the University of New Orleans Friday afternoon. Also shown, seated from left, are:?Janet Villar, mother, and Darrell Villar, father. Standing from left are volleyball Assistant Coach Rae Didier, volleyball Head Coach Allison Didier-Leake and St. Amant Athletic Director David Oliver.

ST. AMANT – Elena Villar will continue her volleyball career at the University of New Orleans.

The 5-foot-8 right-side hitter recently completed her successful prep career as a volleyball, basketball and track and field standout.

Villar became the first St. Amant volleyball player to sign with a university. She celebrated the signing with family and friends at St. Amant recently.

St. Amant volleyball coach Allison Didier-Leake recalled the day she met Villar during a volleyball game at Freshman Field Day.

“She had such a natural volleyball approach,”?the coach said.

Villar tried out for the volleyball team in her sophomore year, and quickly progressed into the starting varsity lineup.

In 2010, she was named All-State and All-Metro. She also received District MVP and All-District first-team honors.

The 2010 team won the District 6-5A championship and advanced to the state quarterfinals. The squad ranked fourth in the state.

In 2009, she received second team All-District honors while helping the Gators to a district title.

In basketball, she earned All-District honorable mention accolades, and served as team captain.

In track and field, she qualified for regionals in 2009 and 2010 in javelin, shot put and discus. She set the school record with a 127’ throw in javelin.

Also a star in the classroom, she earned all-academic honors all four years, and was a member of the National Honor Society.

“Elena brings athleticism to our squad after playing multiple sports in high school,”?said UNO volleyball coach Kim Young.

“Coupled with her academic success, she is the type of well rounded student-athlete we are trying to build the foundation of our program around.”

Villar said the focus on academics drew her to UNO. She also considered the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana, but selected UNO to continue her volleyball career.

“I chose UNO because I enjoyed my visit and found that of the colleges I visited UNO was the most concerned with my academics which impressed me,” said Villar, who plans to study international business and Spanish.

Villar will join another Ascension Parish player, Dutchtown setter Ryan Hamilton, on the UNO?squad.

“The last four years have been the best times of my life,”?Villar said. “I’ve come in contact with so many great people. Everyone left a wonderful mark on me.”