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Pine player named volleyball all-district honorable mention

Pine’s Rachael Williams was named an all-district honorable mention for the 3-IV league.

Williams was the only senior for the Lady Raiders, who made the playoffs for the first time in the program’s short history. This was the fourth season of Pine’s volleyball program.

This season, the Lady Raiders posted a 7-14 record and made the Division IV playoffs as the 18th-seeded team. Pine lost to No. 15 Haynes Academy, 25-14, 25-17, 25-19, in the opening round.

Haynes Academy lost in the regionals to second-seeded Louise McGehee.

Pope John Paul II’s Allison Hartmann and Christina Cutura were named the district’s Co-Most Valuable Players with Coach of the Year going to Lady Jaguars coach Rachel Battistella.

Those three were part of Pope John Paul II’s state title team that went through the playoffs without losing a set. The Lady Jaguars entered the playoffs as the top-seeded team.

PJP’s first-team players were Marlena Cutura and Milayne Danna.

Archbishop Hannan had three on the first team, including Hailey Cabeceiras, Tatum Ballard and Danielle Loupe.

The rest of the first teamers are St. Thomas Aquinas setter Julie Gaudin and Northlake Christian School middle blocker Lexie White.

The second-team players are Northlake Christian’s Maddi Chiota and Maddy Rouyer, PJP’s Camille Dedeaux and Tyler Sanderson, St. Thomas’ Madison Forrest and Carly Drude and Archbishop Hannan’s Hannah Summersgill.

Besides Williams, the rest of the honorable mention players are Archbishop Hannan’s Caroline Stanley and Danielle Ledet, PJP’s Caitlyn Battistella, STA’s Jordan Strahan and Megan King and NCS’ Gabby Herrington, Alaina Hardy, Allie Blestel and Blair Kent.

This year’s district proved to be a tough one.

Besides Pope John Paul II capturing the state title, fifth-seeded Hannan reached the quarterfinals before falling to No. 4 University Lab, 26-24, 25-13, 22-25, 25-12. PJP beat University Lab in the semifinals, 25-13, 25-16, 25-20.

No. 11 NCS made it to the regional round before losing to sixth-seeded Newman, 25-11, 25-17, 25-19. Newman made the finals before PJP defeated them in the finals, 25-18, 25-13, 25-16.

No. 14 St. Thomas Aquinas advanced to the regionals before falling to third-seeded John Curtis, 25-18, 25-14, 25-17. Curtis lost in the next round to Newman, 25-15, 28-26, 19-25, 25-19.