VOLLEYBALL

Many 5A volleyball stars fill the all-district squad

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Kara Gremillion was named the district's MVP. Photo by Dewey Keller.

It was another great year for Ascension volleyball--especially the three 5A powers in District 3, Division I. Dutchtown, East Ascension and St. Amant all made the playoffs.

And now that the season has come to a close, the postseason honors have now begun to roll in for the players. Just last week, the All-District 3-5A (Division I) team was announced.

As expected, St. Amant had the most names on the list.

Once again, the Lady Gators won the district title--finishing a perfect 8-0. It earned them the No. 4 seeding in the playoffs and a first-round bye.

From there, St. Amant made a run to the Volleyball State Tournament in Kenner and reached the semifinals before losing to top-seeded St. Joseph's Academy.

The Lady Gators finished the year with an overall record of 31-12.

With their solid play, head coach Allison Leake was named the district's Coach of the Year, and three-sport star and recent UL-Lafayette softball signee Kara Gremillion was named the district's MVP.

Joining Gremillion and Coach Leake on the team were both Alli and Maggie Duplechein. Both players were first-team selections along with the emerging Kourtney Gremillion.

Victoria Howell was the Lady Gators' lone second-team selection. Brianne Babin, Taylor Tidwell and Blair Rambin all made honorable mention.

Dutchtown had a resurgent season as they finished second in the district, won 26 matches and earned a No. 11 seeding in the playoffs.

They reached the second round, but their run was ended by sixth-seeded Comeaux.

All season long, Kristen Thompson was a force at the net for the Lady Griffins.

She easily led the team in kills. That led to her being named the district's Offensive MVP.

Joining Thompson on the team was Caroline Beeman. Beeman was a first-team selection, and two Lady Griffins found a spot on the second team in Bailey Mohler and Samantha Berkholz.

East Ascension had another successful season as they finished the year 24-17 and made the playoffs as a No. 13 seed. However, they were upset by Slidell in the opening round.

Still, they were well-represented on the all-district squad. Both Emily Venable and LSU softball commit Claire Weinberger were first-team selections.

And on the second team, two-sport star Jessie Watts took her place.