With 35 kills over two wins last week, Brusly senior Mallary Thibodeaux has earned Westside Journal Player of the Week honors.
In wins over Live Oak on Tuesday and Baker on Wednesday, the senior totaled 35 kills, 25 assists, seven aces, three blocks and one dig.
“It was a really long game, it was a draining game,” Thibodeaux said of the five-set win over Live Oak. “It was a lot to do. It just showed the strength of our team as a whole to push each other through it. We were tired, but we didn’t even think about it.”
Brusly head coach Kayla Sarradet said Thibodeaux’s level of play against Live Oak could help lead the Lady Panthers far.
“She played well,” Sarradet said. “She had 28 kills, which was her highest so far this season and if she can play on that level, she can take us far.”
Thibodeaux’s role has expanded throughout her high school career. She was a setter as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior she continued to set, but also rotated on the front row as a middle hitter and the statistics reflected her versatility from 2016 to 2017.
In 2016 she finished the season with 730 assists, 105 kills and 123 aces.
The next season She upped her kills to 534 in 2017 with 394 assists and 120 aces.
“As a freshman they needed me to come in and step up as a setter and throughout the years we lost our hitters, so they needed me to step up as a hitter while playing setter at the same time,” the senior recalled.
“My role is to encourage the other girls throughout their struggles because when I struggle, they are there for me,” she continued. “I feel like I needed to take a leadership role to help them through whatever they need to be helped through just like they help me.”
As the regular season winds down, the Lady Panthers look to accomplish the list of the goals that culminate in a state championship.
“As a team, we struggle to close out the close sets,” Thibodeaux said. “Our goals are to finish those sets. We have a goal to minimize our errors. My goal as an individual is to be the best that I can possibly be and be the best person I can be for my teammates and the school and the be the best player I can be for everyone.”