CROWLEY – When it comes to Notre Dame volleyball, one word comes to mind - Dynasty.
That’s exactly what coach Tara Young has built in her 14 years at the helm of the Lady Pios and it was never more evident than this past season when her team swept through district play undefeated and cruised to the Division IV state championship in November.
That dominance was more than enough to earn the Lady Pios five spots, including the top two honors, on the 2012 Crowley Post-Signal All-Acadia Parish Volleyball team released today.
Young was named the team’s Coach of the Year while Megan Malmay was tabbed as the Most Valuable Player.
Young led Notre Dame to a 35-10 record in 2012 and did so against some of the top programs in the state. The Lady Pios won the prestigious Newman tournament late in the season and also earned victories over eventual state champions St. Thomas Moore (Division II) and Ursuline (Division III).
During her stint at Notre Dame, Young has guided the Lady Pios to three straight state titles (2010, 2011, 2012) and four championships over the last six years, the first in 2007. Her 2009 squad finished as the state runnersup and three years prior to that, the Lady Pios advanced to the semifinals.
One major contributor in the Lady Pios’ most recent success was Malmay. The senior outside hitter logged 32 kills in league play alone. She also had 50 kills, eight aces and three blocks.
Malmay is joined on this year’s squad by teammates Taylor Boulet, Alex Miller, Katherine Kirsch and Lindsey Miller.
Boulet, a senior defensive specialist, was the team’s libero and racked up 95 digs to go along with three kills, one assist and 11 aces.
Miller, a junior, had 11 kills, 95 assists, 18 digs and 10 aces while Meyer, also a junior, led the Lady Pios in league play with 52 kills. She also had one assist, 20 digs and two blocks.
Kirsch, a senior, had 19 kills, two assists, 32 digs, three aces and two blocks.
Iota’s Madison Meche and Kaylee Richard also made the team after helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to one of their best season’s in recent memory.
Iota rallied to a second-place finish in league play behind Notre Dame and the Lady Dogs advanced to the second round of the playoffs where they were knocked off by eventual Division IV state runnerup Newman.
Meche, a junior, averaged 13 kills, six digs, two blocks and one ace per game during the 2012 season while Richard, a senior, averaged 12 kills, four digs and two blocks.
Also making the team are Crowley’s Mercedes Rogers, Rayne’s Madeline Savoy, Northside Christian’s Maddison Conrad and Church Point’s Jaclyn Boone.
Rogers, a senior, was one of Crowley’s few bright spots during the Ladies’ 10-21 campaign. She led her team with 68 kills, 24 assists, 22 digs and 41 blocks.
Savoy, a senior, helped lead Rayne to the No. 7 seed in the Division III playoffs where the Lady Wolves fell to Brusly in the second round. She racked up 24 kills, 78 assists, nine digs and 15 aces in league play.
Conrad helped Northside (19-12) earn the No. 12 seed in the Division V playoffs. The Lady Warriors defeated Family Christian in straight sets in the postseason opener but then fell to eventual state semifinalist Ascension Episcopal in the second round. The senior setter averaged five kills, 17 assists, 10 digs and eight aces per game this season.
Church Point’s selection to this year’s team is senior Jaclyn Boone.
Honorable mentions include Notre Dame’s Sam Lyons, Grace Morgan and Alli Daigle; Iota’s Taylor DeVille, Mallory Faul and Jillian Boone; Crowley High’s Skylor Huval, Tiara Dugar and Jamara Freeman; Northside Christian’s Natalie Hayes and Mallory Vincent; Rayne High’s Taylor Arceneaux, Amanda Bourque and Katie Benoit and Church Point’s Kaitlyn Bellard.
2012 CROWLEY POST-SIGNAL
ALL-ACADIA PARISH TEAM
Megan MalmaySeniorNotre Dame
Taylor BouletSeniorNotre Dame
Alex MillerJuniorNotre Dame
Katherine KirschSeniorNotre Dame
Lindsey MeyerJuniorNotre Dame
Kaylee RichardSeniorIota High
Madison MecheJuniorIota High
Mercedes RogersSeniorCrowley High
Maddison ConradSeniorNorthside Christian
Madeline SavoySeniorRayne High
Jaclyn BooneSeniorChurch Point High
COACH OF THE YEAR
Tara Young, Notre Dame
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Megan Malmay, Notre Dame
Honorable Mentions: Notre Dame - Sam Lyons, Grace Morgan, Alli Daigle; Iota - Taylor DeVille, Mallory Faul, Jillian Boone; Crowley High - Skylor Huval, Tiara Dugar, Jamara Freeman; Northside Christian - Natalie Hayes, Mallory Vincent; Rayne High - Taylor Arceneaux, Amanda Bourque, Katie Benoit; Church Point - Kaitlyn Bellard.