MCHS places 3 on first team; nine are honored

Staff Report

MORGAN CITY — The Morgan City High School volleyball team placed nine on the Division 2, District 6 All-District team, including three first-team selections.

Senior Katelyn Adams, sophomore Jaiveianna Jones and junior Kloe Liner were selected to the top squad.

On the second team, Morgan City was represented by a trio of juniors, Savannah Loupe, Marilyn Bailey and May Grogan.

A trio of seniors, Ariel Trimm, Genesis Esteban and Elizabeth Esteban were honorable mention selections.

District champion Assumption swept the Most Valuable Player awards as senior Erineka Mollere was named offensive MVP, while junior Yasmin Jacobs was named Defensive MVP. Mollere recorded 67 kills, four digs and nine blocks in district, while Jacobs had 72 digs and 11 aces.

As for Morgan City, Adams recorded 14 aces, 36 kills, four blocks, 36 digs and 183 assists.

Theriot called Adams a “consistent setter.”

“She did her job for us,” Theriot said. “Katelyn has a head for the game. We just did not have the offensive weapons that were necessary to put the ball away more consistently. Our setter(s) next year will have some big shoes to fill.”

Jones, who missed two games due to injury, still tallied 69 kills, 11 blocks, 14 aces and 43 digs according to Theriot.

“She is only a sophomore and will be playing club ball in the spring,” Theriot said. “She had a few breakout games this season. I expect more next year.”

Liner had seven aces, 49 kills, three blocks and 70 digs.

“As an outside hitter, Kloe got better as the season went on,” Theriot said. “She learned to adjust her swing to make each one count. Kloe was an emotional leader on the court for us as well.”

Loupe recorded 11 aces, a kill, an assist and 91 digs.

“Savannah stayed on the court for most of the game,” Theriot said. “She played the back row for our middles. She worked hard and played aggressive.”

Grogan recorded 41 kills, eight blocks and 11 digs.

“As this being her first time playing volleyball and being a (junior), I think this is a great honor for her,” Theriot said. “May still has a lot to learn and could be a huge factor next year for us when she masters her skills.”

Bailey had 11 aces, 26 kills, three assists and 50 digs.

“Merl was very adaptive,” Theriot said. “For various reasons, we moved her from outside to opposite and even to defensive specialist.”

Trimm had 22 kills, 17 digs, a block assist and a block and three aces in a district season in which Theriot said she was hampered by injury.

“She played hard and was one that could change the momentum of a game with her celebrations after a kill,” Theriot said.

Elizabeth Esteban had five aces, two assists and 31 digs.

“She was a consistent server and covered tips very well,” Theriot said.

Genesis Esteban had 11 kills, seven digs, a block, a block assist and two assists.

Theriot said Genesis Esteban “was consistent for us.

“Genesis worked very hard this season,” she said.

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