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
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.
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.
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.