Cabrini volleyball coach and player honored _lowres

Photo provided by Cabrini High School—Cabrini High School volleyball player Rakell Spencer, left, and head volleyball coach Kasey Laird.

The Clarion Herald, the Catholic newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, has chosen Cabrini High School head volleyball coach Kasey Laird as its coach of the year and Cabrini senior Rakell Spencer as a member of its Elite Eleven volleyball team.

The Crescents finished their season as Division II state runners-up, playing in their first state finals since winning the title in 2011. The team finished with 28 wins and 12 losses for the year.

Spencer led the team in blocks and kills and had the highest hitting percentage on the team.

“Rakell is an amazing athlete; that’s easy to see. But what is special is her work ethic and passion for the sport and her teammates. I am thankful for the opportunity to coach her this season,” Laird said.