The road to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state volleyball tournament at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner begins this week for area volleyball teams.
The high school volleyball regular season started on Tuesday and all area teams are hoping for a successful season that will end with a state championship in Kenner on Nov. 14-16.
The Bayou Region is home to several of the top volleyball programs in the state, including Vandebilt Catholic, which has won two straight Division III state championships.
But things will change for the Lady Terriers and several other area teams this year due to the redistricting process held by the LHSAA.
Local teams in Division I are Central Lafourche, H.L. Bourgeois, Terrebonne and Thibodaux.
Area teams in Division II will be Assumption, Ellender, South Lafourche, South Terrebonne and Vandebilt.
E.D. White is the only Division III team, and Covenant Christian Academy and Houma Christian School represent Division IV.
Here is a preview of the local high school volleyball teams:
Head coach: Brittney Wells
2018 record: 9-28
2018 playoffs: Did not qualify
Key players: Kagan Hamby, Cierra Nickolyn, Kinslee Ross, Dawandia Gabriel, Kenzi Pertuit, Maegan Duplantis.
What they’re saying: “We are looking forward to this season as it is quickly approaching. We are working as a team to conquer common goals this year, even the day-by-day goals to get better. We believe that our girls are looking forward to pushing until the end of everything they do and work hard to make sure they are successful, even if it means a loss. We hope to see our girls never give in and grow throughout the season. We hope to bring passion, desire and hard work to the court this year to be successful,” — Wells on the upcoming season.
Head coach: Peter Verret
2018 record: 26-14
2018 playoffs: Advanced to Division I quarterfinals, lost to Mount Carmel
Key players: Jya Walker, Abby Theriot, Emily Burgess, Kelsi Stegall, Mackenzie Vordick, Hailey Boudreaux.
What they’re saying: “We’ve worked very hard in our summer workouts. We expect to be very competitive this year. We expect to have a lot more experience than we had in the last few seasons. We’ve got a bunch of talent all the way around,” — Verret on team’s outlook this year.
Head coach: Craig Hamner
2018 record: 25-16
2018 playoffs: Advanced to Division II second-round, lost to Ben Franklin
Key players: Daycie Theriot, Inayah Pink, Madison Washington
What they’re saying: “I think everybody is excited right now. It’s a new season and a new beginning. We have some new kids. I think this year is going to be exciting for everyone,” — Hamner on the start of a new volleyball season.
Head coach: Carley Martin
2018 record: 10-21
2018 playoffs: Did not qualify
Key players: Joey Weimer, A’shryi Wolfe, Kari Marse, Alexis Morvant
What they’re saying: “We are very excited to see this team in action. A lot of chemistry is shown on the court and they are ready to start the season off right,” — Martin on the Lady Tigers this season.
Head coach: Tara Campo
2018 record: 28-14
2018 playoffs: Advanced to Division II quarterfinals, lost to St. Thomas More
Key players: Ra’von Robertson, Raegan Alleman, Xaiya Adams, Caelin Aucoin, Hannah Landry and Alyse Walker.
What they’re saying: “High expectations surround the Assumption High School Lady Mustangs volleyball team as the Mustangs prepare for their upcoming season. Assumption’s roster features six returning starters. We did lose some key contributors from last year but I really feel that the pieces are in place and the depth is in place to have a lot of talent at every position. We have eight seniors this year but all the players believe they have so much more to give and are willing to help reach our goals. We want to be better by the end of the season than we were at the beginning of the summer,” — Campo on high expectations for the Mustangs this season.
Head coach: Rachel Seitz
2018 record: 10-21
2018 playoffs: Advanced to Division II first-round, lost to Cabrini
Key players: Tanisha Hester, Jaedyn Falgout, Jasi Jenkins
What they’re saying: “This year you can expect a more defensive team. We have height in the front row and we expect to use that to carry us to a lot of wins this year. The team has worked hard to make sure their fully rounded and excelling in every aspect of the game. As long as the team is giving their all, you can expect many more wins this season from the Lady Patriots volleyball team,” — Seitz, a first-year head coach, on the Lady Patriots’ outlook this year.
Head coach: Jamie Cantrelle
2018 record: 22-10
2018 playoffs: Advanced to the Division II quarterfinals, lost to Ben Franklin
Key players: Claire Chiasson, Alissa Cosse, Maitlynn Lerille, Liza DeRosia, Bailey Melancon, Allie Fournier, Brayden Griffin
What they’re saying: “I’m really excited about this new season. We have a few returning players, and a lot of new faces. We may not have the size that we had last year, but we will be quick and scrappy on the court,” — Cantrelle on the Lady Tarpons potential this season.
Head coach: Danielle Henry
2018 record: 20-13
2018 playoffs: Advanced to Division II second-round, lost to Lee Magnet
Key players: Mariah Ross, Maggie Portier, Haley Gilling, Saige Naquin, Mackenzi Clement, Alexa Breaux, Kaci Martin, Shea Stewart
What they’re saying: “We are young this year, but we have the potential to grow as a team. We just have to keep working at it. I want to see us improve throughout the season and just keep getting better as the season goes on. I want them to never give up on themselves or their teammates and always keep fighting to the end,” — Henry on the Lady Gators this season.
Head coach: Greg Castillo
2018 record: 41-9
2018 playoffs: Won Division III state championship, defeated E.D. White Catholic
Key players: Brittany Theriot, Angelle Buquet, Madi Benoit, Lauren Fitch, Tiffany Boudreaux, Katelyn Hall.
What they’re saying: “If you want to be one of the better teams in the state, you have to be consistent. We can’t make the same mistakes. We’re going to be a little more creative on offense. I think everybody is determined. We will have an experienced team. I just lost two seniors from last year, so it should be a lot of fun to watch,” — Castillo on the Lady Terriers’ potential this season.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC
Head coach: Sarah Johnson
2018 record: 28-12
2018 playoffs: Advance to Division III state finals, lost to Vandebilt Catholic
Key players: Lila Bordis, Khloe Trosclair, Joci Gravois, Caroline Gros, Emmi Lasseigne
What they’re saying: “Our number one goal is to live in the moment and play together with unity. We want to build on last year and be a well-disciplined team that plays with passion,” — Johnson on the Lady Cardinals expectations this year.
St. James athletic director Robert Valdez said the Lady Wildcats can’t play varsity volleyball games this year and will only play a junior-varsity schedule this season.
COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Head coach: Ashley Kesterson
2018 record: 8-10
2018 playoffs: Did not qualify
Key players: Celena Odom, Antoinette Boquet, Vallie Blanchard, Andrea Brown, Ruth Boquet, Katherine Jones, Chelsea Arceneaux, Carlee Claybrook
What they’re saying: “We have a great group this year. We are putting in a lot of work. Key players are a few new freshmen in Katherine Jones, Chelsea Arceneaux and Carlee Claybrook as they are young, but will need to step up to help our veteran players. We are not very tall, so we have to be scrappy and play great defense in our competitive district. We are happy to be healthy and ready to work this year to achieve our team goals,” — Kesterson on the Lady Lions’ goals this year.
HOUMA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Head coach: Samantha Ordoyne
2018 record: 14-18
2018 playoffs: Advanced to Division V second-round, lost to Lafayette Christian
Key players: Jayda Ward, Alex McKeon, Abby Ricker, Lauren Daigle
What they’re saying: “I have seven seniors this year. We should be a strong team if we communicate and work hard and play as a team. I have an amazing group this year and excited to see how they perform together this year,” — Ordoyne on the Lady Warriors’ experience this season.