Ladies’ Volleyball Falls Short of Season Expectations


Gretchen Cormier

Crowley High senior volleyball players recognized prior to the game against the Eunice Lady Bobcats were, from left, Hannah Cormier, Mallory Brown, Kaydra Hebert, Sckylier Baronet, Marcy Miller, Gabrielle Spaetgens, and Mallory LeBlanc.

The 2018 Crowley Ladies’ volleyball team, under the direction of Allison Ledoux, fell short of expectations as they saw their season come to an end in the first round of the playoffs on Oct. 31.

The Ladies, who returned seven seniors from a team that advanced to the second round of the playoffs a year ago, were expecting to make it at least that far in 2018.

The No. 20-seeded Ladies, however, finished the season with an overall mark of  16-14 after losing to the Lutcher Lady Bulldogs in three sets.

Down 1-0 after the first set, Crowley had an opportunity to tie the match at one set apiece, but Lutcher held on for the 25-23 victory to go up 2-0. The Lady Bulldogs also won the third set, 25-11.

Senior setter Hannah Cormier admitted her season didn’t go as expected. “Towards the end of the season, I was sick and couldn’t play in the playoffs.”

“Our season did not go as expected; we lost games that we shouldn’t have lost because we couldn’t manage to come together as a team,” stated senior libero Sckylier Baronet.

Andy Hebert
Junior Kennedi Stelly serves during a recent game.

Junior opposite hitter Kennedi Stelly added, “We could’ve had better rankings and made it past the first round of the playoffs, but I’m grateful that we made it to the playoffs.”

Cormier, however, did receive some national recognition during the season when she was named the MaxPreps and American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 10 when she racked up 78 assists, 19 digs, five aces, and two digs.

The Ladies also had a record of 6-4 in the district.  Cormier led the team in assists and aces during the entire season.  Stelly was the team’s leader in kills for the regular and district seasons.   Baronet led the Ladies in digs during the year. Senior Mallory Brown paced the Ladies in blocks during the regular season, and senior Marcy Miller was the team leader in blocks during district. Following the season, Cormier and Miller were named to the District 5-3A first-team.  Baronet and Stelly made the second-team.

Andy Hebert
Senior Sckylier Baronet made the all-district second team.

Baronet mentioned the team’s goals during the season.  “Our goals were to get along and play as a team. Although sometimes it didn’t work, we would still pushed through.”

Baronet thought she mostly improved on her passes, serves,  and attitude throughout the season. Stelly said she improved on her “spiking skills” throughout the year.

Although Cormier admitted the season didn’t go as she had hoped, she felt like she did make personal improvements.  “I mostly improved on being a better teammate and at my position.” She also thought the team learned how to play better together.

Baronet also thought the team mostly improved on its attitude towards each other.  “We learned how to work together as a team,” added Stelly.

Andy Hebert
Senior Sckylier Baronet gets ready to send the volleyball back over the net.

Baronet thought the most memorable moment for the team was senior night when she, along with seniors Mallory Leblanc, Gabrielle Spaetgens, Brown, Miller, Kaydra Hebert, and Cormier were recognized prior to the match against the Eunice Lady Bobcats.  

The Ladies also won the match in three sets, 25-18, 25-16, and 25-7, and Miller led the way with 13 assists, six kills, four aces, three digs, and two blocks.

Baronet also stated, “The most memorable game was the game in Church Point where one of our players got hurt and we had to come together to win.”

After Church Point won the first two sets, the Ladies came back to win the final three, 25-18, 25-19, and 15-12.  Baronet had 24 digs and one ace, followed by Cormier with 18 assists, four digs, three aces, and two kills, Miller with 13 assists, 11 digs, eight kills, and one block, and Stelly with 12 kills and four digs.

Stelly also gave her thoughts on the season. “I think the most memorable games were against Rayne, Iota, Acadiana, and Lafayette,” she said. “The Rayne and Iota games were super close!”

For next year, Baronet thinks that the team must “work on receiving the ball and getting a good first pass” in order to improve the offense. Cormier added, “(By) learning how to control the ball better.”

Andy Hebert
Senior Hannah Cormier keeps the ball alive for her team.

Cormier believes the Ladies can be better defensively by next year the ladies defense can be improved by “moving all over the court and being more aggressive.” Baronet thinks the team must improve on “finishing with a kill and getting the point.”

Andy Hebert
Junior Kennedi Stelly made the all-district second team.

Stelly gave her opinion on what the team needs to improve. “We need to learn that the little things matter just as much as the big things.  We need to work on communicating with each other and calling the ball when the opposite team returns it,” she emphasized. “I think we need to work on being more consistent when it comes to serving and finishing at the net.”

Baronet would like to add, “I will honestly miss playing volleyball for coach. She was always jolly and would try to be mean, but we couldn’t really take her seriously. But, through it all, she pushed us and strived for us to be better. Now I have to kiss my high school volleyball days goodbye. So long Crowley High!”

Stelly had words of encouragement for her 2019 teammates.   “Don’t give up. Keep pushing through even at the hardest times, and remember you only get one chance to play high school sports, so play your heart out.”

Baronet also offered advice for next year’s team.   “Don’t take anything for granted, not your team, practices, or games. Don’t gossip about each other; that helps nothing. Just be a team and play as a team.”

Andy Hebert
Senior Hannah Cormier made the all-district second team.

Cormier offered advice to the 2019 team. “No matter how tough things get, don’t give up.”

Stelly, who also wants to lead next year’s team past the first round of the playoffs, had one final comment for her future teammates.  “Never doubt yourself or think too hard about it. If you focus and have fun at the same time, you will play so much better,” she claimed.  “Anything is possible with God. Reach for the stars and keep improving yourself.”