Notre Dame's Young, Cook headline 2010 All-Acadia Parish Volleyball team
CROWLEY – For Coach Tara Young and her Notre Dame Lady Pios’ volleyball team, 2010 was one of those dream seasons, one that come along every so often and it included one of the best records in the school’s history and, yes, also a little redemption.
After falling short in the Division III title game one year earlier to Ursuline, the Lady Pios stormed through the 2010 regular season with just three tournament losses and swept through their district with a perfect 8-0 record en route to earning the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.
“It’s just mind blowing,” said Young of her squad’s 43-3 record. “It’s still kind of unbelievable. We had a tough schedule and it’s astounding that we were able to maintain a consistent level of play for that many matches. The fact that this team was able to do that is amazing.”
The Lady Pios’ level of play elevated in the playoffs when they knocked off Livonia, Teurlings and St. Louis, all in straight sets, to reach the championship game against familiar foe Ursuline.
This time, Notre Dame would not be denied.
The Lady Pios slugged it out with the defending champions and earned a four-game victory for their second title in four years.
“Once we started practicing and playing, we just kind of continually kept getting better,” said Young. “Better at doing the basic things, then better at doing the more complex things and better at making adjustments. We just continued to improve our level of play without hitting a dip and that’s what is so impressive.”
A key cog in Notre Dame’s success was the play of UL-Lafayette signee and returning All-Stater Mayme Cook.
Cook, the championship game Most Valuable Player, logged 60 kills in district play to go along with 114 assists, 35 digs, 33 aces and four blocks.
For their efforts, the duo swept the top honors on the 2010 Crowley Post-Signal All-Acadia Parish team that was released today. Young earned the Coach of the Year honor while Cook earned MVP honors.
Joining Cook on the squad are teammates Kylie Pannell, Taylor Simon, Alaina Savoy and Mallory Chiasson.
Pannell was second in kills behind Cook with 58 kills. She also had 14 digs and two blocks.
Simon finished the season with 43 kills, 71 digs, nine aces, two blocks and one assist while Savoy had 37 kills, 23 digs, 13 aces, five blocks and two assists and Chiasson had 101 digs and 11 aces. Chiasson was the team’s libero.
Iota, which went 22-9 on the season and advanced to the second round of the Division IV playoffs, landed four players on the team.
The Lady Dogs earned the No. 15 seed in the playoffs and defeated No. 18 Runnels in the opening round before being eliminated by No. 2 seed, McGehee in the second round. McGehee made it all the way to the semifinals before being ousted by state runnersup, Sacred Heart of New Orleans.
Iota’s quartet include Madison Meche, Kaylee Richard, Adalie Wriborg and Laura Cart.
Meche and Richard led the Lady Dogs, averaging six kills per game. Meche also averaged six digs, one block and one ace while Richard had three digs, one block and five assists.
Wriborg averaged two kills, seven digs, 14 assists and four aces while Cart had three kills, 20 digs and three aces.
Also earning honors was Rayne’s Carolyn Bell, who had 66 kills, 36 digs, 10 aces, five blocks and two assists.
Northside’s Tori Clement and Crowley’s Akeela Dugar round out the team.
Clement averaged 12 kills, 25 digs and four aces per game for Northside while Dugar averaged seven kills, 12 digs and three aces for the CHS Ladies.
Honorable mentions on this year’s team include Notre Dame’s Taylor Boulet, Marie Ledet, Allison Leonards; Iota’s Melinda Russell, Kelsey Doguet, Gabbi Heinen; Northside’s Mia Mier, Courtney Romero, Natalie Hayes, Maddison Conrad; Rayne’s Kelsey Hollier, Brooke Mire; Church Point’s Madelyn Boone and Crowley’s Mercedes Rogers, Carlita George and Kara Wilridge.