The 2014 Clarion Herald Elite Volleyball Team
The good news for opposing volleyball coaches to hear is that Katie Kampen’s eligibility as a volleyball player at Mount Carmel is over.
The not-so-good news is that six other members of the 2014 Clarion Herald’s Elite Volleyball Team are underclassmen and will return to wreak havoc for another season.
And if that’s not disheartening enough, Head Coach April Hagadone will field another solid unit in search of back-to-back Division I state championships for Mount Carmel.
Kampen ends her career with one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on an athlete. Besides being named the division’s Outstanding Player at the state tournament and the All-State team’s Player of the Year, Kampen is a returning Gatorade Louisiana Volleyball Player of the Year and the second to be chosen from Mount Carmel Academy. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Kampen as Louisiana’s best high school volleyball player.
The returning Gatorade State Player of the Year, the 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter led the Cubs to a 47-2 record and the Division I state championship this past season. Kampen totaled 572 kills, 380 digs, 80 blocks and 55 service aces while posting a hitting percentage of .422 and a kill percentage of .490. The state’s 2014 Miss Volleyball, Kampen is a 2014 Second Team All-America selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She ended her high school career with 1,983 kills and 1,501 digs.
In the classroom, Kampen has maintained a weighted 4.64 GPA. She will attend LSU.
Returning for the 2015 season will be six members of the Elite team, including juniors Ellie Sylvia of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Jessica Lucio of St. Scholastica, Rakell Spencer of Cabrini, Brianna McKay of Ursuline, Jordan Rankin of De La Salle and freshman Hailey Cabeceiras of Archbishop Hannan.
Allison Hartmann and Christina Cutura, who led Pope John Paul II to the Division IV state championship, are seniors, as is Shaylli Pantoja of the Academy of Our Lady. Hartmann was named the Division IV Outstanding Player and shared a similar honor in District 3-IV with teammate Cutura.
McKay and Rankin shared Most Valuable Player honors in District 8-III.
Pantoja was the District 8-II Defensive Player of the Year.
Coach of the Year
Pope John Paul II
De La Salle
Acad. of the Sacred Heart
Pope John Paul II
Academy of Our Lady