Parish volleyball stars make all-district

Kyle Riviere
Ascension Catholic's Carson Dunn was named the Division V District 3 MVP. Photo by Chuck Montero.

It was another fabulous year for Ascension volleyball, and nothing indicates that more than the all-district teams that were released last week. From top to bottom, the parish was well-represented.

St. Amant was the parish team with the most selections. Eight Lady Gators made the Division I All-District 4 team.

Their overwhelming presence on the team should be no surprise after the season the Lady Gators just finished.

Despite the chaos of the flood, having to make the Dutchtown gym their temporary home and starting the season off at just 6-7, St. Amant caught fire down the stretch.

They finished the regular season winning 26 of their final 28 matches. This included an undefeated run in the district. It was the fifth season in a row that they pulled off that feat.

In capturing the league title, they earned the highest parish seeding at No. 3 and made a run to the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Volleyball State Tournament in Kenner, before losing to Fontainebleau.

They were the only Ascension squad to make the state tournament.

In their superb run, Taylor Tidwell was often making the biggest plays. As a result, she was named the district’s MVP.

For the second straight season, teammate Brianne Babin was named the district’s Defensive MVP.

Two other Lady Gators joined them on the first team. These selections were Maggie Duplechein and Madison Anderson.

Baylee Rambin made the second team, and Megan Arceneaux, Abby Gros and Lauren Lambert were all honorable mention selections.

Dutchtown finished right behind St. Amant in district play.

The Lady Griffins ended the regular season with a 23-15 record and earned the No. 13 seeding.

They beat Denham Springs to advance to the second round, but a loss to Mandeville prevented them from making the state tournament.

Dutchtown had two players make the all-district first team. One of those players was last year’s MVP, Kristen Thompson.

Thompson recently signed with Tulane.

Joining her on the first team was teammate Whitney Jones.

Caroline Beeman, Lauren Lainey and Katelyn Lund all made the second team, and Bailey Mohler was an honorable mention selection.

East Ascension struggled early in the year as they replaced many of their starters from last season, but they hit their groove at the end of the regular season.

The Lady Spartans made the playoff field as a No. 22 seed, and in the first round, they went on the road and upset No. 11 Barbe in four sets.

However, like St. Amant, their season was ended by Fontainebleau.

East Ascension had four players make all-district.

Their lone first-team selection was Diamond Jones. Both Bryee Brown and Meagan Ross made the second team, and Abby LeBourgeois was named honorable mention.

Like the Lady Spartans, Ascension Catholic also had four players make the all-district team.

The Lady Bulldogs had to reload this year after losing many of their top players from a team that reached the state semifinals in 2015.

Facing a very tough schedule, Ascension Catholic struggled for much of the season, but they were able to put things together during the district stretch.

They finished 5-3 in league play and earned the No. 17 seeding in the Division V playoffs.

There, they pulled the road upset over Academy of Sacred Heart - G.C. in the first round. Though, a possible quarterfinal trip was halted by top-seeded Ascension Episcopal in the second round matchup.

For her exceptional play throughout their playoff run, Lady Bulldog senior Carson Dunn was named the Division V District 3 MVP.

Joining her on the first team was fellow senior Grace Villa.

Sophomore Lauren Landry was Ascension Catholic’s lone second-team selection, and junior Bailey Acosta was named honorable mention.