Ascension volleyball players crowd all-district teams

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
East Ascension's Tori Vincik was named District 3's MVP. Photo by Dewey Keller.

It was a great year for Ascension volleyball with four teams making the playoffs and three reaching the Volleyball State Tournament. That year just got better as a slew of talented parish players were named to their respective all-district teams.

For Division I, District 3, the big three schools of St. Amant, East Ascension and Dutchtown dominated. The entire first and second teams were filled with nothing but Ascension players.

First off, East Ascension head coach Jamie Gilmore was named Coach of the Year for leading the Lady Spartans to a 32-11record, second-place finish in the district and a trip to the Volleyball State Tournament. They reached the quarterfinals before losing in straight sets to St. Amant.

East Ascension's Tori Vincik was named the district's MVP. Her teammate Carmisha Peyton was a first-team selection, and Gabby Gutierrez and Emily Venable took spots on the second team.

As for St. Amant, they were the most successful team in the parish. Their record might not have been overly impressive at 28-15, but they were a perfect 8-0 in district play en route to a championship.

They then made it to the state tournament and reached the semifinals before losing to top seed and eventual state champion St. Joseph's Academy.

In their impressive run, Kara Gremillion was named the district's Defensive MVP. Kelly Young, Alli Duplechein and Kayla Braud all took their spots on the all-district first team. Emily Cheatwood and Kourtney Gremillion were both second-team selections.

Finally, Dutchtown had their presence felt on the team.

The Lady Griffins had a stellar year--finishing the regular season 24-15 and making it to the playoffs before getting upset by Central Lafourche in the opening round.

Kristen Thompson was the Lady Griffins' lone representative on the all-disrict first team while Keleigh Poland and Tiyena Brown made appearances on the second team. Peyton Richardson was named honorable mention.

When it came to Division V, District 4, Ascension Christian was the gold standard once again. The Lady Lions finished 23-12 overall during the regular season and finished a perfect 8-0 within the district.

That led to their second straight district title and their fourth in five years.

They then made it to the Volleyball State Tournament where they fell in the quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up Episcopal of Acadiana.

With such a great year in the books, Ascension Christian head coach Lisa Pellegrin was named Coach of the Year, and Reyna Jones was named the district's MVP.

Joining Jones on the first team was Victoria Schexnayder and on the second team, Sidney Sehon, Allyson Cambre and Memri Moreland claimed their spots.

Aleah Sanchez and Hannah Blanchard were both honorable mention performers.