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All East Bay Girls Volleyball

By Matt Smith
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 8:57 am in Girls Volleyball.

MVP: Erin Sherwood, San Ramon Valley
Coach of the Year: Roger Worsley, Albany

FIRST TEAM

H- Erin Sherwood, San Ramon Valley, Sr.
The East Bay’s Player of the Year led the Wolves to an NCS Division I title after a season that saw her compile 702 kills, 377 digs, 80 aces and 19 blocks. She was also voted the East Bay Athletic League’s MVP.

H- Sabrina Clayton, California, Jr.
The outstanding junior makes the first team for the second consecutive year as she led the Grizzlies to a second place EBAL finish after 492 kills, 173 digs, 52 aces and 41 blocks.

H- Kyra Holt, Albany, Jr.
With another year to go, Holt has to be considered a frontrunner for POY next year after nearly leading Albany to a state title. The Bay Shore Athletic League MVP had 481 kills, 381 digs, 43 aces and 28 blocks.

H- Michelle Lawrence, Northgate, Jr.
The East Bay has a strong crop of junior hitters as Lawrence adds to that depth. Lawrence was selected as the Diablo Valley Athletic League MVP, leading the Broncos to a league title and an NCS Division II semifinal after 451 kills, 216 digs and 35 aces this season.

S- Sarah Vaccaro, Miramonte, Sr.
A four-year varsity starter, Vaccaro really blossomed in her senior year, which is why she was an easy choice for the Diablo Foothill Athletic League’s MVP. She had 607 assists, 337 digs, 67 aces, 40 kills and 29 blocks, showing her all-around prowess.

S- Sarah Board, San Ramon Valley, Sr.
The Wolves may have had very good hitters, but Board facilitated the offense and distributed the ball with ease. The senior had 1,516 assists and also had 201 digs, making second team All-EBAL.

L- Katie Hirsch, Monte Vista, Sr.
Perhaps the best libero the East Bay has seen, Hirsch was a machine and was a Player of the Year candidate. On 1,918 touches, she put 96 percent of balls in play, making only 78 errors. She had 617 digs and had seven error free games. She was first team All-EBAL.

SECOND TEAM

H- Shannon Boling, Carondelet, Sr.
First team All-EBAL.

H- Emily Reder, San Ramon Valley, Jr.
First team All-EBAL. 398 kills, 434 digs, 63 aces, 22 blocks.

H- Annie Shurtz, Campolindo, Jr.
First team All-DFAL. 391 kills, 43 aces, 27 blocks.

H- Aria Crawford, Foothill, Sr.
First team All-EBAL. 371 kills, 335 digs, 68 aces.

S- Sophie Seiberth, Campolindo, Jr.
First team All-DFAL. 859 assists, 49 kills, 40 aces.

S- Sophia Mar, Bishop O’Dowd, Jr.
HAAL MVP. 1,074 assists, 624 digs.

L- Melissa Summers, Granada, Sr.
First team All-EBAL. 355 digs.

THIRD TEAM

H- Essie Helminen, Granada, Jr.
First team All-EBAL. 316 kills, 291 digs, 101 assists.

H- Jinny Yan, Irvington, Sr.
MVAL MVP. 444 kills, 231 digs, 65 aces, 37 blocks.

H- Marisa Malone, Deer Valley, Sr.
First team All-BVAL. 388 kills, 284 digs.

H- Jessica Vestal, Berean Christian, Sr.
First team All-DVAL. 316 kills, 313 digs, 55 aces, 28 blocks.

S- McKenzie Giblin, Albany, Sr.
Second team All-BSAL. 1005 assists, 241 digs, 71 aces.

S- Jessica Marin, Moreau Catholic, Sr.
First team All-HAAL. 615 assists, 202 digs, 62 aces.

L- Ashleigh Reed, Heritage, Sr.
BVAL MVP. 312 digs.

If I could do an honorable mention, I would also compile a list consisting of Sarah Blakely of Livermore, Lacey Maas of Bishop O’Dowd, Audrey Breitweiser of Miramonte, Maddie Silverman of Alameda, Sierra McCormick of Berkeley, Amber Erhahon of Albany, Danielle Ioramo of Logan, Jen Corbin and Amanda Tuazon of Foothill, Tyanna Roy of Acalanes, Maddie Borch of Las Lomas, and Ally Good of California.

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  • cornfed

    There’s no tactful way for me to say this so I’ll just say it…curious selection to 1st Team from DVAL.

  • Prep Fan

    You’re right, there was no tactful way to say that, so it probably shouldn’t have been done. At least she was a league MVP and led them to a DVAL title. All these girls were fantastic on the court this year and deserving of the accolades they are receiving. While one could quibble about a 1st vs. 2nd team or 2nd vs. 3rd team selection, all the girls mentioned above are worthy and there are only so many spots to go around. Matt watched a lot of volleyball this year and I’m sure he saw a lot of great players, but can only name a select few for this honor.

  • cornfed

    Thanks for the lecture. Actually, there was a better way to say it.

    But first, congrats to all of the girls. I’ve seen nearly every one of them play and they’re all very good. No quibbling there. Having said that, the DVAL was not as strong as in years past, IMO. That’s all.

  • Prep Fan

    Much better Cornfed. I agree that the DVAL was down, but Vestal from Berean was also an amazing player and could have been even higher then 3rd team if her team had beaten out NG for the DVAL title. When you have 2 league MVPs on the 3rd team, you know the 1st and 2nd team players were all outstanding.

  • Chris Markle

    Middles get no love :( I think the all-league voters and the like need to recognize middles more. I don’t know all these girls but at least an Albany middle Amber Erhahon is mentioned here. In EBAL all-league, Foothill’s Fiona Lamont got an honorable mention nod but should have gotten more recognition than that, being in on 96 total blocks and 2nd in the league in hitting percentage at .285 (per MaxPreps at least).

  • Chris Markle

    Hey Matt… Well done with this and all your reporting this year! Hope you’ll keep at it. Next year I’ll be just a casual bystander as my daughter is graduating. It’ll be nice to watch volleyball as just a fan, not a fan and parent. Hope to read all about the 2012 campaign from you though… Chris

  • cornfed

    On doing a little research I see that the three previous DVAL MVPs were Berean players, all league champions, but never made higher than third team on this list. One didn’t even make third team. Small school syndrome I suppose.