Volley ‘Cats have strong showing on all-district team

By Kyle Roberts

Following an historic 2023 volleyball season, Ruston High placed multiple students (and their coach) on the 2023 All-District 2-5A team.

“I’m proud to have so many of our players have their efforts recognized by the coaches in our district,” Ruston head coach Mandy Cauley said. “I’m grateful for their individual efforts, of course, but more proud of what they were able to accomplish playing together.”

Senior Hannah Rollins was voted Most Valuable Player, while junior Harper Cauley was named Offensive Player of the Year. Freshman Baylor Cauley was named Freshman of the Year.

Both seniors Jade Smith and Allie Richardson made first team as middle and libero, respectively, while senior outside hitter Cala Wilson and senior rightside hitter Shelby Freeman made second team.

Junior defensive specialists Katelyn Rollins and Mariah White was named to the second team.

The Lady Bearcats finished 29-13 overall and earned the No. 7 overall seed. Ruston was the first Division I, Non-Select school in North Louisiana to make it to the state tournament in Lafayette before falling in straight sets to Mt. Carmel Academy.

The complete all-district list is below.

  School Name
Coach of the Year RHS Amanda Cauley
Coach of the Year Pineville Olivia Guerriero
Offensive POY RHS Harper Cauley
Defensive POY NCHS Campbell Morrow
MVP RHS Hannah Rollins
Freshman of the Year RHS Baylor Cauley
1st Team    
Name School Position
Jade Smith RHS M
Madalyn Kenly WM UT
Sydney Hicks NCHS S
Allie Richardson RHS L
Kassidy Craig WM M
Ainsley Weeks NCHS OH
Julia Harrington ASH L
Jenyah Clay PHS RS
2nd Team    
Name School Position
Maddie Dupuy NCHS RS
Lora Cole NCHS M
Cala Wilson RHS OH
Shelby Freeman RHS RS
Cor’Tazia Gavel PHS M
Lana Hubbard WM L
Alyse Martin ASH M
Jayney Ramsey WM M
Honorable Mentions    
Katelyn Rollins RHS DS
Mariah White RHS DS
Maggie Dunn NCHS OH
Ayla Payne NCHS DS
Brooklyn Smith NCHS M
Leilani Stoa PHS S/L
Emma Ivey PHS OH
Lily Maxwell WM S/L
Katie Coker WM S/L
Aniya Sykes ASH M
SarahGrace Buckles ASH DS
Pryncess Butler ASH OH
Madison Rockett ASH OH