St. Thomas More’s Avery Breaux commits to Louisiana-Lafayette in volleyball _lowres

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Avery Breaux

The past couple of weeks have allowed rising St. Thomas More senior setter Avery Breaux time to ponder her volleyball future.

When it came time to decide which direction to turn, Breaux made what she believed was the most prudent choice.

She’s staying home to play for Louisiana-Lafayette, a campus Breaux estimated being 20 minutes from her doorstep.

“There are so many pros to it,” said Breaux, who committed to the Ragin’ Cajuns on Wednesday. “I grew up going to a bunch of their games and different functions.

“The campus is beautiful campus,” Breaux continued. “It’s more of a relaxed place, and I love the coaching staff. During my unofficial visit, the players were so welcoming and kind. I think I’ll fit in well there.”

Breaux, voted The Acadiana Advocate’s Outstanding Player, plans to sign with Louisiana-Lafayette during the NCAA’s fall signing period in November.

“I played it out,” she said. “Whatever offers came in, I wanted to take my time and think about it. I didn’t have a set time on my decision. It’s a huge relief. It’s going to be an awesome senior year. I just get to go and take it for what it is, my last year of high school.”

The 5-foot-5 Breaux was a driving force behind St. Thomas More’s historic third consecutive Division II state championship. The Lady Cougars, who won their first 39 matches last season, finished 44-1 with Breaux earning Most Outstanding Player honors in the title match with 27 assists — a 3-0 sweep of Cabrini.

Breaux averaged nearly 20 assists per outing with 892 total assists. She also had 84 kills, 37 aces, 33 digs and 33 blocks.

She also excelled as a key member of STM’s District 4-4A championship and state quarterfinalist basketball team with 8 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.

“She’s the most selfless player on our team,” STM coach Jessica Burke said. “She makes difficult things look easy. She’s just a complete player. She can set, hit, block, serve. She can do everything on the court.”

Breaux said Louisiana-Lafayette extended a scholarship offer during an unofficial visit several months ago. She returned within the last couple of weeks to meet again with the coaching staff.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” said Breaux, whose older brother, Brennan, just completed his freshman season with LSU’s baseball team. “I wanted to make sure it was a good fit for me and my family. I think it fits very well and I’m super excited.”

Breaux said playing college volleyball has long been her objective, an ambition that continues to drive her during offseason workouts on the track and in the weight room.

“It’s why you play,” he said. “You don’t do all of those things for nothing. You do it because you have a goal in mind. I’ve been thinking about it for a while. Once you get that offer and schools are interested, it makes everything you’ve done in the past well worth it.”