VOLLEYBALL

Parish volleyball teams have high hopes for 2015

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown brings back 2014's district Offensive MVP Kristen Thompson. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

The boys are ready to hit the field again for another exciting football season, but don't forget about the girls.

The 2015 volleyball season is here, and many of the parish's best players have lofty championship aspirations.

The St. Amant Lady Gators have their sights set on another district title and another trip to the Volleyball State Tournament in Kenner.

Last season, St. Amant finished a perfect 8-0 in district play and earned the No. 4 seeding in the state heading into the playoffs.

From there, they made a run to the state semifinals, where they lost to eventual state runner-up St. Joseph's Academy.

Head coach Allison Leake will be back to lead her team. Leake was named 2014's Coach of the Year in the district.

The Lady Gators have lost some key pieces.

They lost district MVP Kara Gremillion (644 digs) and first-team all-district player Alli Duplechein (281 kills, 126 blocks and 58 digs).

Starters Victoria Howell and Blair Ramblin are also gone.

Fortunately for St. Amant, they bring back two first-team all-district selections in Kourtney Gremillion and Maggie Duplechein (547 assists, 369 kills, 247 digs and 62 aces).

Second-team all-district players in Taylor Tidwell and Brianne Babin will also be back.

The Lady Gators will have some serious competition within the district as Dutchtown brings back a very talented roster.

The Lady Griffins had a strong 2014--finishing as runners-up in the district and earning a No. 11 seeding in the playoffs.

They eventually reached the second round before falling to sixth-seeded Comeaux.

Dutchtown will be led by arguably the best returning player in the parish, Kristen Thompson.

Thompson was the district's 2014 Offensive MVP as she piled up 553 kills and 81 blocks.

Along with Thompson, the Lady Griffins will also return first-team all-district player Caroline Beeman and second-team selection Bailey Mohler.

East Ascension is coming off of a 24-17 season that saw them reach the playoffs before being upset by Slidell in the opening round.

The Lady Spartans return one of the best players in the parish in Emily Venable.

She will also be joined by returning first-team all-district player Claire Weinberger and second-team selection Jessie Watts.

In Division V, Ascension Christian will be playing their second season under head coach Holly Jennings--who was named the district's Coach of the Year in 2014.

The Lady Lions got off to a horrid start last season, but after going 5-1 in district play, they made the playoffs as a No. 15 seed.

They were upset by White Castle in the opening round.

Ascension Christian will be without three first-team all-district players in Allison Cambre, Hannah Blanchard and Memri Moreland.

Though they lose those team leaders, senior Mary Abshire and juniors Emily Millet and Lani Sachez all return. All three players were named second-team all-district last season.