The Bee's Fall All-Stars: Girls Volleyball first team, honorable mention and coaching kudos

The Fresno BeeJanuary 15, 2014 

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FIRST TEAM

Katie Grant

Vitals: Senior, Minarets, middle blocker

Qualified because: Four-year player produced 237 kills, 376 digs, 95 blocks and 57 aces while leading the Mustangs to their first West Sequoia League title and second straight section Division V title. League MVP helped Minarets reached the CIF Southern California Regional final and was named All-State in D-V by Maxpreps.com.

Brielle Hefner

Vitals: Junior, Madera, middle blocker/setter

Qualified because: Named the County/Metro Athletic Conference MVP after leading the Coyotes to the league title and ninth seed in the Division I playoffs by making 228 kills to go along with 185 assists, 150 digs, 128 blocks and 31 aces. Has committed to Fresno State.

Kandasya Lediaev

Vitals: Junior, Central, outside hitter

Qualified because: Third-year player named All-Tri-River Conference while producing 353 kills, 172 digs and 43 aces for a Grizzlies team that went 18-16 and was seeded 11th in the D-I playoffs.

Nicole Otta

Vitals: Junior, Clovis West, outside hitter

Qualified because: Had 291 kills, 481 digs, 49 aces and 14 blocks while earning All-TRAC honors in first season as a starter for a Golden Eagles team that went 24-14 and extended streaks of winning league (fourth in a row) and section D-I (third in a row) titles.

Deja Manning

Vitals: Senior, Hoover, outside hitter

Qualified because: Delivered 405 kills, 174 digs and 43 aces while leading the Patriots to a 27-7 record, the North Yosemite League title and a No. 3 seed in the Division III playoffs. Third-year player with offers from North Dakota and West Virginia was the NYL MVP.

Taylor Mounts

Vitals: Senior, Buchanan, middle hitter

Qualified because: Was a force in the middle with 336 kills (hitting .364) and 64 solo blocks. Garnered first-team All-TRAC honors while Buchanan went 17-15 and reached the D-I quarterfinals.

Alli O'Banion

Vitals: Senior, Dos Palos, outside hitter/setter

Qualified because: West Sierra League MVP and a Maxpreps All-State Division IV selection led Broncos to a 30-3 record while producing 401 kills (hitting .413) with 230 digs, 197 assists, 57 aces and 29 solo blocks in her third season.

Maddie Ogas

Vitals: Junior, Clovis, outside hitter

Qualified because: One of the section's most feared hitters finished with 440 kills (hitting .262) for the D-I and Tri-River Athletic Conference runner-up Cougars. All-league pick also had 196 digs, 42 aces and 13 blocks as Clovis went 22-14.

Sydney Rigby

Vitals: Junior, Clovis West, setter

Qualified because: Fed the offense of the Tri-River Athletic Conference and section D-I champion Golden Eagles by making 1,119 assists. Named all-league and had 70 kills (hitting .394), 279 digs, 25 aces and 11 blocks for team that went 24-14 and reached the CIF Southern California Regionals.

Melissa Samaniego

Vitals: Senior, Woodlake, middle blocker

Qualified because: Repeat All-Bee selection and All-State D-IV pick by Maxpreps.com had 258 kills (hitting .315), 116 solo blocks, 102 digs and 32 aces as the Tigers won the East Sequoia League title and finished as the section D-IV runner-up in 24-5 season. Was a two-time MVP of the East Sequoia League.

Rachael Schaefer

Vitals: Senior, El Diamante, outside hitter

Qualified because: Two-time Bee All-Star helped the Miners win a second straight West Yosemite League and section D-II championship with a team-leading 404 kills (hitting .430). All-WYL pick also had 88 digs, 34 aces and 18 blocks.

Lauren Torres

Vitals: Senior, El Diamante, middle blocker

Qualified because: Stonewalled opposing hitters with 109 solo blocks en route to earning West Yosemite League MVP honors and helping the Miners capture a second straight section D-III title. The Fresno State commit also had 293 kills and hit .389 in her fourth season.

Taylor Van Den Berg

Vitals: Senior, Central Valley Christian, outside hitter

Qualified because: All-Central Sequoia League selection powered down a team-leading 387 kills and added 211/2 blocks while helping the Cavaliers win the section D-III title and finish as the CIF State D-III runner-up in a school record 37-5 season.

Natalie Zimmerer

Vitals: Junior, Clovis North, setter/outside hitter

Qualified because: Started the season at setter, moved to outside hitter and at the end of the year was doing both while totaling 247 kills, 361 digs, 149 assists and 27 aces. Named All-TRAC for the D-I quarterfinalist Broncos.

Honorable mentions

Summer Bertolet, senior, Clovis East

Maggie Billingsley, senior, Lemoore

Cayla Broussard, junior, Clovis

Ashley Cervantes, senior, Redwood

Rebekah Cervantes, junior, Redwood

Melese Crozier, senior, Edison

KiAnna Cunningham, junior, Woodlake

Madison Ekizian, junior, El Diamante

Kacy Falk, senior, Sierra

Kandyce Gurrola, junior, Strathmore

Jacque Hutcheson, senior, Exeter

Nicole Linman, senior, Kingsburg

Myca Mitchell, freshman, Memorial

Veronica Nederend, junior, Central Valley Christian

Cynthia Nguyen, junior, Sunnyside

Bianca Pattani, senior, El Diamante

Madison Pierce, junior, Dos Palos

Jasmine Phoolka, junior, Clovis

Tanya Ramirez, senior, Liberty-Madera Ranchos

Jilee Schanda, senior, Central

Taylor Slover, junior, Tulare

Sabrina Winslow, junior, Clovis North

Isabella Zaayer, senior, Buchanan

Coaching kudos

Rhonda DeRuiter, Clovis West: Delivered the program's third straight Central Section Division I title and fifth in six years with a 25-15, 25-20, 13-25, 25-17 victory over Clovis. The Tri-River Athletic Conference champions ended a 24-14 season with a first-round loss in the CIF Southern California Regionals.

Leslie Sorensen, El Diamante: Coached the Miners to a second straight Division II title with a 26-24, 24-26, 14-25, 26-24, 15-12 win over Tehachapi and advanced to the SoCal Regionals where they capped a school-record 32-3 season that produced the program's first NCAA recruit in middle blocker Lauren Torres (Fresno State).

Meghan Warkentin, Central Valley Christian: Directed the Cavaliers to the program's second CIF State title match, where they fell to Valley Christian-San Jose 25-20, 25-16, 25-10. Along the way, CVC won the Clovis Volleyball Challenge tournament title, defeated seven D-I teams, captured the Central Sequoia League crown and the school's first section championship since being promoted to Division III with a 25-17, 30-32, 25-14, 25-16 defeat of Redwood. CVC's 37-5 season produced Maxpreps.com first-team Division III All-State players in Lindsey Calvin and Tess Van Grouw.

Tori Johnson, Woodlake: Helped the Tigers reach their second straight section Division IV final, where they lost to Bakersfield Christian 25-22, 27-25, 20-25, 25-21 to cap a 24-5 season that included the East Sequoia League title. Coached Maxpreps.com D-IV All-State selection Melissa Samaniego.

Karra Zamora, Minarets: Led the Mustangs to a pair of wins in the CIF Southern California Regionals before bowing out in the final 25-12, 25-13, 25-7 to eventual state champion La Jolla Country Day. Minarets won the West Sequoia League title and its second straight section Division V championship in a 30-4 season that produced Maxpreps.com D-V All-State player Katie Grant.

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