Organizers of the annual Fresno City/County All-Star Volleyball Match switched up the format for 2017. Rather than a strict City vs. County breakdown, teams were chosen on a North and South geographical basis to balance the teams.
The result? Fresno-South, including players from Central Section Division I champ Buchanan and runner-up Clovis, still defeated Fresno-North in straight sets 25-15, 25-22, 25-19 on Wednesday night at Fresno State’s South Gym..
Richard Lake III, whose Cougars bounced back from their section final loss to win the Southern California Regional championship, had son Trey setting for power-hitting Clovis teammates Akash Dhothar and Max Ogas, who had nine kills each. Sanger’s Izaiah Cole had five kills in the win, according to the recap provided by Fresno State men’s club coach Brian Tsukimura.
A couple of key stats favoring the South: nine blocks and seven service aces.
The North, coached by Steve Guglielmana and Nate Perez (Madera South), were led by the Stallions’ Carlos Hernandez (eight kills) and Madera’s Devonte Orlando (seven). Clovis West’s Harrison Molter was 5 for 5, and Madera South’s Javier Gil had four kills and five aces.
Players selected for the 2017 Fresno City/County All-Star Volleyball Match, with position, height, high school and, where applicable, next year’s college destination:
Harrison Molter, RSH, 6-1, Clovis West
Vang Yang, L, 5-3, Fresno, UC San Diego
Devonte Orlando, OH, 6-1, Madera, San Diego City
Jim Chang, OH, 5-9, Golden Valley, Merced College
Javier Arreguin, OH, 6-0, Madera South, Antelope Valley
Carlos Hernandez, MB, 6-2, Madera South, Fresno City
Javier Gil, RSH, 6-2, Madera South, Fresno State
Adam Ahktar, S, 5-9, Clovis North Clovis Community
Abraham Alapizco, S, 5-7, Madera South, Madera Community
Akash Dhothar, OH, 6-3, Clovis, Menlo College
Bill Khang, S, 5-5, Roosevelt, BYU
Jeffrey Thao, Clovis East, Fresno State
Christian Morales, OH, 6-2, Roosevelt, Fresno City
Bryce Hayes, OH, 6-1, Sanger, Fresno City
Trey Lake, S, 6-1, Clovis, Menlo College
Max Ogas, RSH, 6-4, Clovis, Orange Coast CC
Izaiah Cole, RSH, 6-6, Sanger, UC San Diego
Tommy Vue, Clovis East, Clovis Community
23 Jon Kuramoto S 5'10 Buchanan Clovis Community
29 Jon Sakaguchi DS 5'9 Clovis UC Irvine