Lady Pios dominate All-District volleyball team

CROWLEY – The names and faces may change but one thing remains constant when it comes to Notre Dame and All-District volleyball teams - the Lady Pios’ total dominance.

Despite losing top notch players nearly every year, Notre Dame’s volleyball program continues to thrive.

The 2010 season was no different.

For the 13th straight year, the Lady Pios rolled through district play undefeated to earn the league title and for the third time over the last five years, the Lady Pios went on to win a state championship.

So it comes as no surprise that the Lady Pios earned six spots on the All-District first team, including the top two individual honors in Coach of the Year Tara Young and Most Valuable Player Alaina Savoy.

Young has yet to lose a district contest in her 13-year stint at Notre Dame.

This year, she led her squad to a 35-11 overall record despite starting the season with a mark of 11-9.

That rugged stretch to start the season included losses to Division I champs Fontainebleu and Division V winner Country Day as well as state runnersup St. Thomas More (D-1) and ESA (D-V).

However, the Lady Pios responded by winning 20 of their final 22 regular season games, including a streak of 19 straight victories.

That was more than enough to earn Young’s squad the top seed in the Division III playoffs where they won their first two playoff games in straight sets.

The Lady Pios then dropped one game in a 3-1 semifinal victory over Newman but they returned to perfection in the finals, defeating De La Salle 3-0 in the finals.

Of Notre Dame’s 46 games, the Lady Pios faced 15 divisional foes, defeating them all.

One of the main reasons for Notre Dame’s success was the play of Savoy, who also earned MVP honors in the state title game. A senior middle, she recorded 13 kills and two blocks against De La Salle.

She was also virtually unstoppable in district play, logging 66 kills, 38 digs, 11 aces and four blocks in 15 league games.

Savoy was also aided by a talented supporting cast of first-team All-District selections Mallory Chiasson, Marie Ledet, Allison Leonards and Megan Malmay.

Chiasson had 119 digs in district while Ledet had 13 kills, 109 assits, 26 digs, 13 aces and two blocks. Leonards added 55 kills, one assist, 49 digs and three aces. Malmay, a junior, had 41 kills and 19 digs.

Iota earned one selection on the first unit in Madison Meche. The sophomore helped lead Iota to a 31-8 record and a second-round playoff appearance. She had 30 kills, 10 digs, 25 blocks and four aces in district.

Catholic High of New Iberia, the district runnersup, was rewarded with two first-team selections in seniors Taylor Lahasky and Sydney Lahasky.

Notre Dame’s Katherine Kirsch (28 kills, 10 digs) and Alex Miller (8 kills, 94 assits, 24 digs, 5 aces and 2 blocks) were named to the second team along with Iota’s Adalie Wriborg (11 kills, 74 assists, 55 digs, 8 blocks, 7 aces) and Gabbi Heinen (19 kills, 64 digs, 1 block).

Also tabbed to the second team from Catholic High were Melissa Pesson, Chelsie Schales and Kay-Kay Fregou as well as West St. Mary’s Gerianna Lyons.

Honorable mentions include Notre Dame’s Lexie Trosclair, Taylor Boulet, Alli Daigle and Lindsey Meyer; Iota’s Kaylee Richard, Melinda Russell, Claire LeJeune and Bree Trumps; Catholic’s Jolena Broussard, Sydney Babineaux, Molly Germany and Braylyn Jolivette and West St. Mary’s Launa Metz and Gentrell Wells.

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