LAFAYETTE (KATC) – Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball head coach Heather Mazeitis-Fontenot announced on Wednesday the signing of two student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent for the 2019 season.
Signing with the Ragin’ Cajuns is middle blocker Kara Barnes (Rowlett, Texas/Sachse HS) and outside/right side hitter Celeste Darling (McKinney, Texas/Boyd HS).
Barnes, recently named the District 10-6A MVP for Sachse (Texas) High School, compiled 1,026 kills and 275 blocks during her prep career. A 5’11” right-handed hitting middle blocker, she helped lead the Mustangs to four straight playoff appearances and the 2018 district title.
Barnes received district offensive player of the year honors in 2016 and 2017, was the district’s blocks leader during the same timeframe and was the 2018 Sachse High Triple Crown Winner for Athletics.
“Kara is a quick middle with an explosive, fast arm,” Mazeitis-Fontenot remarked. “She will definitely add to our power and speed in the middle.”
Darling competed in 120 matches for McKinney (Texas) Boyd High School, and landed 412 kills on a .286 hitting percentage in her final season with the Broncos. Her prep career-ending stat line also included 68 blocks and 83 digs.
Standing at 6-foot tall, Darling was a 2016 and 2017 honorable mention all-district selection and three-time academic all-district award recipient. She helped lead Boyd HS to title at the Circle of Champions tournament in her sophomore and senior seasons.
“Celeste adds size and depth to our outside hitting group,” Mazeitis-Fontenot stated. “She is a lanky, versatile attacker with a high volleyball IQ.
“They’re members of the same club team (Skyline Juniors Volleyball). I’m excited they’ll have the opportunity to compete together on the collegiate level.”