By Matt Smith
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 9:11 am in Girls Volleyball.
Happy Holidays. Here are the All-East Bay Girls Volleyball Teams.
Juliana Stivanicivec, Miramonte, outside hitter, Sr. — Stivanicevic was named the Bay Area News Group’s East Bay player of the year for the second consecutive year as the senior finished the season with 492 kills, 333 digs, 157 blocks and 96 aces, showing that she was a complete player. She also won her second consecutive Diablo Foothill Athletic League MVP award.
Nikki Baker, Amador Valley, outside hitter, Sr. — Baker was named the East Bay Athletic League’s MVP, and despite not being the tallest player on the court (5-7) she was the most feared hitter in the most competitive East Bay league. She finished the year with 467 kills and she also had 331 digs.
Lindsey Parrott, Bishop O’Dowd, outside hitter, Jr. — Parrott is not only a top flight hitter, but is also a great setter, a position she will play at UC Berkeley after her 2010 senior season. She finished the year with 489 assists to go with her 299 kills and stellar .460 hitting percentage.
Mary Diamantidis, Miramonte, middle blocker, Sr. — Diamintidis was a do-it-all player for the Matadors this year, and is just as dangerous as a setter as she was in the middle. She finished with 503 assists, she had 345 kills along with 186 blocks and 103 aces, finishing first team All-DFAL.
Malina Terrell, Salesian, middle blocker, Sr. — Terrell was a wrecking crew in the Bay Shore Athletic League, winning the league MVP and leading the Pride to the BSAL Tournament championship as well as a North Coast Section Division IV title. She has a full-ride to the University of San Francisco, and counting just her league and playoff games, she finished with 514 kills. Counting tournament and non-league she is likely over 600.
Devin Shaver, Granada, setter, Sr. — Shaver was another multi-talented player in the East Bay this year, doing many things well on the court. On top of being a great setter, she could block and hit. She was first team All-EBAL, and had 731 assists, 265 digs, 149 kills and 49 blocks to go with 31 aces.
Rachel Stier, Bishop O’Dowd, libero, Sr. — Stier, regarded as the top libero in the East Bay last year, did not do anything this year to change opinion. In fact, she furthered it by helping lead the Dragons to their first ever NorCal Final, earning first team All-HAAL honors and finishing the year with an incredible 436 digs.
East Bay Player of the Year: Juliana Stivanicivec
Coach of the Year: Mike Gee, Bishop O’Dowd: At the young age of 24, most people are still trying to figure out what they are doing in life. Bishop O’Dowd High girls volleyball coach Mike Gee is not like most people. At 24, Gee already has won two North Coast Section titles in his two years at the helm of the Dragons, and his second year was better than his first. He took the Dragons all the way to the CIF NorCal regional finals, one win away from playing in a Division III state championship match.
“(Gee) helped us to be mentally strong,” O’Dowd senior Monique Holt said. “O’Dowd teams of the past had some issues with breaking down mentally, but he always kept us in the mind-set of playing like champions.”
Gee is an expert strategist and a tireless worker on the court, and off, building game plans and watching film. “He was probably more energetic than we were most of the time,” Dragons senior Rachel Stier said. “He dedicates a lot of time to it, he’s sincere about it and he tried hard to make us the best we could be. He’s a real good person outside of volleyball as well and we get along with him really well.”
Konami Yokoyama, Washington, outside hitter, Sr.
An absolute force, Yokoyama had 475 kills, hit .480 and had 225 digs to go with 78 aces.
Meghan Cooney, Carondelet, outside hitter, Sr.
Cooney was first-team All-EBAL and had 372 kills to go with 341 digs.
Keilah Mah, Mission San Jose, outside hitter, Sr.
Mah, at just 5-7, led MSJ to the NCS second round. She had 240 kills, 194 digs and 63 aces.
Katie Lopez, Irvington, middle blocker, Jr.
Lopez was nearly unstoppable in the middle. She had 420 kills, 206 digs, 83 blocks and 53 aces.
Grace Vickers, Amador Valley, middle blocker, Sr.
Helped lead the Dons to the NCS Division I title with 323 kills, 55 digs and 54 blocks.
Kelsey Williams, Amador Valley, setter, Jr.
The best pure setter in the East Bay, she had 968 assists, 178 digs and 103 kills.
Sandra Neason, Campolindo, libero, Sr.
Neason finished with 220 digs, was first team All-DFAL and was a big reason Campo won some big matches.
Sandra Foster, Deer Valley, outside hitter, Sr.
First team All-BVAL, she had 271 kills and 261 digs.
Caitlin DeWitt, Foothill, outside hitter, Jr.
DeWitt made first team All-EBAL as she hit .354 and had 323 kills to go with 286 digs.
Morgan Borch, Las Lomas, outside hitter,Sr.
Corrine Costa, Liberty, middle blocker, Sr.
Costa was the BVAL’s MVP as she had a huge year with 425 kills and 140 blocks.
Andrea Olsen, Bishop O’Dowd, middle blocker, Sr.- 191 kills, .370 hitting, 56 solo blocks
A force in the middle, hitting .370, she had 191 kills, 56 solo blocks and was Honorable Mention All-HAAL.
Rachel Weiland, Northgate, setter, Sr.
She was first team All-DVAL and averaged 21 assists per match.
Jillian Matsuoka, Berean Christian. Libero, Sr.
The MVP of the DVAL, she had 528 digs on the year and she set the school record with 1,580 career digs.