This weekend the Lady Tigers volleyball team carried a special souvenir back to campus from the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.,—the LHSAA Division III State Championship trophy.
After advancing to the Division IV semifinals last year, the gutsy Lady Tigers made the decision to play up and compete in Division III for the 2022-2023 season. Following stellar play in the regular season, which included wins over Newman and Parkview, the team entered the playoffs as the #1 seed for the first time in school history.
The Lady Tigers defeated St. Michael’s in the quarterfinals and Haynes Academy in the semifinals before claiming 2022 the state title with a come-from-behind four-set win over E.D. White. Rhaia Davey ’23, who has signed to play volleyball next year for Mississippi College, was named the Division III Outstanding Player.
"It is fitting that Rhaia was named MVP, not just because she is a dominant hitter, good blocker, great defensive player or everyone’s hype man, but because she has battled back after two major knee injuries to become all of those things," said Coach Donna Pixley."She is the model of hard work, perseverance, and mental toughness, and the MVP was the cherry on top!"
The honors continue to pour in for Coach Pixley and the LadyTigers.
Donna Pixley – 2022 LVCA Coach of the Year
Rhaia Davey – 2022 LVCA Player of the Year
Caylin Pixley – 1st team
Madison Stephens – 1st team
Donna Pixley – All-Metro Coach of the Year
Rhaia Davey – MVP
Donna Pixley – All-District Coach of the Year
Madison Stephens – MVP Defense
Rhaia Davey – MVP Offense