By Chad DeRousselle
I would have to say that when a group of 27 high school girls start volleyball season with May tryouts, summer league tournaments, August pre-season, and get through a 33 match season and come out as an intact entity, they would have to be called a successful team! What a great bunch of players!
With our hard earned #20 ranking we played #13 North Vermilion at their place and gave them and all fans present a good showing with a 17-25, 21-25, 14-25 shortfall under their strong offensive attack. Our defense kept us in it but eventually the cracks were found.
In the end I was very proud to coach this team. We finished 19-14 and 4-2 in district.
First Team All-District goes to Lindsay Blanks, Senior, OH; Brenan Marcantel, Junior, Setter; and Ashlyn Smart, Junior, MB.
Second Team All-District goes to Lauren LeBlanc, Senior, Setter. These selections depend on outstanding play reflected in their stats presented for the vote.
- Lindsay Blanks - (262 aces-R, 843 digs-R, 587 kills, 826 points-R, 1,256 serves-R, 1,856 spikes)
- Brenan Marcantel - 102 aces, 714 assists, 2,273 sets, 383 digs, 174 kills, 489 points, 839 serves, 541 spikes;
- Ashlyn Marcantel - 84 aces, 60 blocks, 255 digs, 304 kills, 1,047 spikes, 298 points, 494 serves;
- Lauren LeBlanc - 88 aces, 565 assists, 1,723 sets, 164 digs, 95 kills, 313 spikes, 209 points, 327 serves.
Also being honored is Tamia Grant, Senior, MB who made the LHSAA Academic All State Composite Team. Her career stats are: 34 aces, 152 blocks, 319 kills, 933 spikes, and 103 points.
Reeghan LaCour, OH, becomes eligible to play next season. In preparation, she is playing for Elite Volleyball out of McNeese starting this week.
The group of eighth graders that are trying out for our freshman class is deep and very strong. These plus our returning crew has us hopeful for more Red Reign fun next season!