2013 New Orleans all-metro volleyball team

Small schools

Most Valuable Player: Kendra Turner (Riverside, Sr.)

At 6-foot-2, Turner is a physical specimen. But Riverside coach Chelsea Lucas-Nicholas said it was Turner’s intellectual side that really was impressive this season. “Her determination was big,” the coach said. “The way she was committed to the younger girls, leading them — she matured. She’s always hit the ball hard, but she really grew into a passion for it this year. When you have that skill and desire together, it’s powerful.” Turner, a senior middle blocker averaged 25 kills, six blocks, five digs and three aces this season. She’s being courted by Auburn, Arizona and Tulane, but Tennessee may be leading the pack for her services. “She wants to be the best player in Louisiana, be the best she can be,” Lucas-Nicholas said. “She’s prepared.”

The team

Katherine Bolyard/Newman, Jr.

Bolyard provided a spark with her powerful hitting.

Jamie Hawkins/Newman, Jr.

The Division IV tournament MVP will be back to aid Newman in 2014.

Kiley Ezzell/Newman, Sr.

Ezzell set the table for Newman hitters on the road to the state title.

Jenna Ibieta/Country Day, Fr.

Every bit as good as billed — even as a freshman. Tai Bierra/Country Day, So.,

One of the best players in the state. Period. Caroline Perlis/Country Day, Jr.

A front-line force for the Division V championship team.

Kendra Turner/Riverside, Sr.

As impressive a hitter to play locally in a long time. Tatiana Bell/Curtis, Jr.

Helped lead the Patriots to a quarterfinal playoff. Lauren Barre/Ursuline, Sr.

Unquestioned leader of a very good Division III team. Christina Cutura/Pope John Paul II, Jr.

Top player on the best volleyball team in school history.

Emily Frischhertz/Sacred Heart, Jr.

Led a young team with a polished skill set. Julia Felix/McGehee, So.

Posted 14 triple doubles (kills, assists, digs) for McGehee.

Coach of the Year: Colleen Loerzel, Newman

Large schools

Most Valuable Player: Katie Kampen (Mt. Carmel, Jr.)

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Kampen, a 5-foot-11 outside hitter. She’s a two-time Division I Player of the Year and was the 2012 Division I tournament MVP after leading her team to a state title. The Cubs were runners-up for the championship in 2013. Also this year, she was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Louisiana. Coach April Hagadone knows how special a player Kampen is. “She’s such an explosive player,” Hagadone said. “And she’s a team player. When she makes a mistake, which isn’t often, she’s the first to admit it. She’s a dream player. Really, she’s like a machine. She’s going to give you 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time.” Kampen’s 2013 statistics prove that. She recorded 598 kills, 478 digs, 85 blocks and 76 aces. The Cubs finished 44-4 and lost in the final to St. Joseph’s Academy.

The team

Megan Zulli/Fontainebleau, Sr.

Quiet disposition belies big-play ability. Katie Kampen/Mt. Carmel, Jr.

Best player on a consistently successful Mt. Carmel team.

Julie Vujnovich/Belle Chasse, Sr.

Leader of a tough team that was ousted in a regional playoff.

Kristen Nuss/Mt. Carmel, So.

Yet another solid cog in the Cubs’ machine. Kacey Freeman/Lakeshore, Sr.

MVP of District II-5 helped pace Titans to the best season in school history.

Randi D’Armitt/Chapelle, Sr.

Averaged 4.2 kills and 4.6 digs. Ashleigh Madron/Chapelle, Sr.

Set up Chapelle’s big hitters to the tune of 9.4 assists and 3.2 digs per game.

Allison Olsonoski/Ben Franklin, So.

MVP of Division II-4 was the heartbeat of the Falcons. Caroline Haase/Mandeville, Sr.

MVP of a district that included a powerful Fontainebleau.

Emma Estapa/St. Scholastica, Jr.

Set the tone for the Doves all the way to the semifinals. Hailey Kirkpatrick/Northshore, Jr.

Big hitter for the Panthers played scrappy ball all season.

Sophie Miller/Dominican, Sr.

As indispensable as they come for Dominican. Coach of the Year: Jen Gandolph, Chapelle