Country Day rules in Division IV again

KENNER — Four years, four titles, four most-valuable-player awards. And a four-set victory.

Senior Katherine Broussard took home the hardware again as Metairie Park Country Day defeated Episcopal School of Acadiana for the fourth consecutive year in the Division V championship match of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association/State Farm State Volleyball Tournament.

Broussard, a high-leaping senior outside hitter who was all-state as an eighth-grader, capped her career with 23 kills, and 14 digs as Country Day (40-6) won 26-24, 19-25, 25-19, 25-22.

“She’s just a phenomenal player in the front row and the back row,” third-year ESA coach Julie Dawson said. “There were several times when I thought our ball was going to drop and she was in the back row and came out of nowhere and just picked it up.”

Country Day senior libero Victoria Waguespack had 27 digs as the Cajuns won the school’s seventh state title.

“Incredible,” Country Day coach Julie Ibieta said. “This team all year has battled. We’ve had great leadership from (Broussard and Waguespack). We lost five seniors, so we basically re-started this year with inexperienced varsity players and they got better each week. Katherine and Victoria were phenomenal leaders all year. They took these babies and guided them in the right direction and I couldn’t be prouder of the whole group.”

Clearly everything revolved around Broussard, the Howard University commitment who had a total of 58 kills in Country Day’s three matches here.

“It was really exciting,” Broussard said. “The fourth time was hard to do, but we all wanted it really bad. I think this was the most important one at the end, our senior year. We had to keep talking to the young ones a lot, but we all pulled together and we did it.”

“She’s been our offensive rock for five years, basically. She plays the whole game, she never backs down, she’s a competitor, she never gets down and she never gets flustered,” said Ibieta.

, who as Julie Stempel was a member of LSU’s 1990 and ’91 NCAA final four teams. “She fights continually and finds a way to score.”

ESA was led by Carla Dibbs, who had 25 kills and 22 digs.

, while Elasha Williams had 14 kills and five blocks. Junior Meredith Gates had 31 kills.

“I couldn’t ask for anything more from my girls,” said Dawson, whose team finished 38-6.