"Nicole was so welcoming, and it made the transition so much easier,” Labarthe said. "The program had open arms.”
Labarthe said she finally felt comfortable as a junior, but it was this year that saw her game to another level.
It wasn't just on the court as Labarthe had always had talent that was second to none, but she became more of a leader to the younger girls.
"Julie's been awesome to us, like a big sister,” sophomore Sarah Bowen said. "The chemistry has been great all year.”
Labarthe was aiming for an undefeated season, and it showed. In the process, she set a school record for most love (6-0) sets in a season with 36.
She was put to the test in one game at the state tournament, serving at love-40 before rallying to win the next five points and keep the streak going.
"I really wanted to make that goal, and I was definitely thinking about it during that game. It was sweet,” Labarthe said.
Labarthe will play tennis at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.