Notre Dame trio earns volleyball All-State honors
CROWLEY – The 2013 prep volleyball season may have not ended in another state championship, but it was another banner year for the Notre Dame Lady Pioneers.
The Lady Pios put together a remarkable 35-6 record to round out the regular season, including a perfect 8-0 mark in district play, en route to earning the No. 1 seed in the Division IV playoffs.
Once there, the Lady Pios then marched all the way to the state championship game where they were upended in five sets by Isidora Newman.
So it is no wonder that the two teams from the championship game have combined to place seven players on the Louisiana Volleyball Coaches Association All-State team that was announced recently.
The Lady Pios landed three of those players: senior outside hitter Lindsey Meyer, sophomore hitter Grace Morgan and senior libero Allie Daigle.
Meyer was a guiding force in the Lady Pios’ march to their fifth straight title game appearance. The Distict I Most Valuable Player racked up 18 kills and 21 digs in the title game against Newman. She also finished the season with 375 kills, six assists, 406 digs, 37 aces and 31 blocks.
The All-State selection is Meyer’s second in as many years.
Morgan added 11 kills in the state title game. She finished the year with 265 kills, three assists, 183 digs, 24 aces and 35 blocks.
Daigle was a defensive force for the Lady Pios with 647 digs. She also had nine kills, four assists and 24 aces during her senior campaign.
Newman claimed the team’s top two honors on the All-State team: Coach of the Year Colleen Loerzel and MVP Katherine Bolyard.
Loerzel led the Lady Greenies to a 38-7 record and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs where they knocked off Haynes Academy, John Curtis and University Lab before topping the Lady Pios for the school’s 17th state volleyball championship.
Bolyard played a pivotal role in the Lady Greenies’ victory in the title game. She recorded 21 kills, including four in the deciding fifth, against the Lady Pios.
Bolyard is joined on the All-State squad by teammates Jamie Hawkins, Kiley Ezzell and Avery Rowan.
Hawkins also racked up 21 kills in the championship game and was named the tournament MVP. Ezzell had 58 assists in the finals.
Also earning spots on the team were Riverside’s Kendra Turner, University’s Lindsay Flory, John Curtis’ Tatiana Bell and McGehee’s Taylor Ducros.
Turner, a 6-foot-2 senior, led Riverside to 36 victories after slamming down 745 kills and tallying 115 blocks.
Flory, daughter of LSU volleyball coach Fran Flory, tallied a well-rounded statistical resume while leading University to the semifinals where they were defeated by Newman. She logged 274 kills, 413 assists, 227 digs, 91 aces and 39 blocks on the season.
Bell helped lead the Lady Patriots to the quarterfinals where they were upened by Newman while Ducros guided McGehee to the quarterfinals where they were ousted by University.