Mount Carmel Academy’s Katie Kampen will end her senior volleyball season with one more honor.
While Kampen was part of last week’s Division I state championship team, she was named Miss Louisiana at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association East-West All-Star game on Saturday at Newman’s Fitzgerald-Skertich Arena.
Kampen led the East to a 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 sweep.
“This weekend was awesome,” Kampen said. “We were with each other for such a short period of time, but I feel like I’ve known these girls for so long. It’s awesome to come together after we have been competing against each other for so many years.”
While it might have been an exhibition match, there was no shortage of in-season plays.
In the first set, the East’s Kampen and Country Day’s Caroline Perlis combined to block a ball to give their team a 17-15 lead.
A kill by Barbe’s Peyton Montgomery cut the West’s deficit to 21-20.
“The kids are here to have fun,” said East coach Kacie Mule,’ of Fontainebleau. “They all had worked to be here all season long. It doesn’t take motivation. They want to be here.”
One factor that adds a challenge is the players are not all grouped together based on their school’s location. One example was Salemen’s Kalani Brown playing for the West while others from St. Tammany Parish played for the East. St. Amant’s Kara Gremillion played for the East, while her teammate Alli Duplechain played for the West.
“It is fun for the kids, because it’s not just a true east or west anymore. We mix them together,” Mule’ said. “Because of that, it makes it more of a challenge for the kids. It’s such a great game because they play with these kids all year round.”
With Fontainebleau’s Christine Kugelmann’s kill, the East took a 9-5 lead in the second set. A kill by the West’s Sydney Davis, from St. Joseph’s cut the East’s lead to 18-15.
What West coach Sivi Miller, from St. Joseph’s, enjoyed was watching the talent in both groups of players.
“I think this is just a great match for all of our seniors that are selected to be all-stars and represent Louisiana,” Miller said. “They did it well. We never had so much fun practicing and getting to know each other outside of volleyball.
“Just being able to come in here and play a great match, even though we went three sets, the rallies were fun to watch.”