Sometimes, when you are really good at something, you may not even realize it.
Such seems to be the case with the Lutcher High volleyball team.
For the 18th year in a row, Lutcher earned the United States Marine Corps/American Volleyball Association Team Academic Award.
Lutcher’s volleyball team received the honor yet again after posting a 3.683 year-long grade point average for the 2019-20 school year.
“Quite honestly, most of them don’t even realize that we win it every year,” Lutcher coach Ricky LeBlanc said. “The kids that play volleyball seem to do well in the classroom. It comes natural. That’s what they do.”
The team doesn’t bring attention to itself in terms of the academic award, causing it to be overlooked by the general public, according to LeBlanc.
“A lot of people don’t even realize it,” LeBlanc said. “It’s one thing that I’m most proud about in my coaching career. We do well in the classroom, no doubt. My girls are smart.”
Kami Dufresne, Eric Richard, Madison Beier, Ashlyn St. Pierre and Maria Detillier all had 4.0 averages for Lutcher.
The honor, which was awarded for the first time during the 1992-93 academic year, goes to volleyball teams that maintain a year-long grade-point average of 3.30 on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 on a 5.0 scale.
Lutcher was of one of five Louisiana schools to receive the award.
Ben Franklin High in New Orleans, with a 3.5 grade-point average won the award for the ninth consecutive year.
“Of course, it’s a great honor to have something like that,” Ben Franklin coach Jodee Pulizzano said. “Only five Louisiana schools have gotten it. It’s a great attribute to the kids and the program that I’m in.
“These kids are well-rounded. Not only do they make the (volleyball state) finals, they academically are amazing. If you took all their (testing) scores, they are unbelievable. It’s very easy to coach when they are this smart, and it shows.”
Sporting a 3.72 grade-point average, Pope John Paul High made it three years in a row to achieve the award.
“It’s real exciting,” said Pope John Paul coach Danny Tullis. “It’s easy to get lost in the fact we are trying to win volleyball games but when you start looking at their academic achievements as a group, that’s pretty exciting.
Also receiving the academic honor from Louisiana were Central of Baton Rouge and Iowa High School.