Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year among latest 2021 Southeastern volleyball signees

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HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana signed three volleyball student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent, including the reigning Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year, head coach Jeremy White announced Friday.

Joining the Lady Lion program are setter Gracie Duplechein (St. Amant HS – St. Amant, Louisiana), middle blocker Hannah Haerer (South Walton HS – Santa Rosa Beach, Florida) and outside hitter Cicily Hidalgo, who was named the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year in January after helping lead Teurlings Catholic HS (Lafayette, Louisiana) to its seventh-consecutive state championship.

A 5-foot-9-inch setter, Duplechein helped lead St. Amant to the LHSAA Division I playoffs as a junior. After compiling 421 assists, 352 digs and 319 kills, she earned district Defensive MVP honors in addition to being named first-team All-Metro.

“Gracie is my absolute favorite athlete we got to see at the setter position in this class,” White said. “Her competitive drive and tenacity are second to none and she’s a fun kid to be around. She locates really well, plays great defense, and is a great student and teammate who will continue the growth of our team culture. She’s going to be someone to watch.”

Duplechein also earned All-America honors and an AAU national championship with Wattle Daub Nation this past summer, playing alongside fellow signee Cicily Hidalgo and current Lady Lion libero Ansley Tullis.

A 6-foot-2-inch middle blocker, Haerer helped lead South Walton to the state semis this fall after recording 218 kills in 71 sets with a .404 attack percentage. The senior also threw up 78 total blocks, including 23 solo.

“Hannah plays extremely high above the net with an approach touch well over 10 feet, which puts her right at the top of the Southland in that area,” White said. “She’s an enormous block and will be a major scoring threat with our style of play. Hannah’s also a brilliant kid who will be a great student-athlete representative for Southeastern. We absolutely love her.”

Haerer also played for Emerald Coast Volleyball Club.

In addition to earning the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year honors, Hidalgo earned first-team All-State honors for the second-consecutive year and was named the All-Metro Team’s Most Outstanding Player by The Acadiana Advocate.

“Cicily may have the most individual accolades of anyone in this year’s class, but it’s what she does as a teammate that stuck with us the most,” White said. “She’s a ruthless competitor who at the same time plays such a selfless game with her elite defense and ball control to go with being one of the best scorers in the state. Mix that with her abilities as a student and you’ve got the complete package. Cic has the chance to take us to another level.”

The younger sister of current Southeastern outside hitter Jolie Hidalgo, Cicily produced 517 kills, 85 blocks, 526 digs and 86 assists during her junior season. She also earned tournament MVP honors after helping lead Wattle Daub Nation to an AAU national championship this past summer.

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the Southeastern volleyball program are encouraged to join the Diggin’ It Club. Lion volleyball alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letter winners.

All membership fees and donations to both the Diggin’ It Club and S Club (volleyball) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern volleyball program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

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