By Matt Smith
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 7:01 pm in Boys volleyball.
MVP: Derrico Kwa, Deer Valley
Coach of the Year: Dave Chen, Campolindo
H- Ryan Genn, Amador Valley, Sr.
When Genn played well, the Dons won. Plain and simple. And he played well a lot. He led them to an East Bay Athletic League title, and an appearance in the North Coast Section Division I title game. On top of being first team All-EBAL, he had 398 kills on the year.
H- Jordan Ewert, Deer Valley, Soph.
Ewert had a school record 544 kills at a school that has had a fair share of good players, including Jason Agopian. When Ewert went up to hit, the ball was going to go down for a kill. And the scary thing is that he’s got two more seasons left.
H- Cory Fredrickson, Foothill, Jr.
Fredrickson led Foothill’s resurgence to the being one of the top teams in the East Bay, after a down year in 2012. He was first team All-EBAL, and was one of the most dangerous hitters, even when teams knew the set was going to him as he finished with 551 kills.
H- Eric Sprague, Bentley, Sr.
It was a banner year for the Phoenix and Sprague played a big part in that. The team went deep into the Division III playoffs, reaching the semifinals for the first time, and winning the Bay Counties League East tournament title, largely in thanks to the UCLA bound hitter, who had three games of 25 kills or more this season.
M- Marcus Lee, Deer Valley, Sr.
If he wasn’t heading to Kentucky to play basketball, the 6-9 Lee would have a bright future playing volleyball. The most intimidating middle in the area was a big part of the Wolverines title team as he had 185 kills, and 51 blocks despite missing time because of basketball obligations and injuries.
S- Derrico Kwa, Deer Valley, Sr.
The East Bay Player of the Year had a phenomenal year. He set a school record with 1,274 assists, and also had 175 kills as he led the Wolverines to 42 wins, and NCS Division I title and an appearance in the NorCal title game.
S- Joe Worsley, Campolindo, Soph.
A natural setter, if there ever was one in the East Bay. He can jump set from anywhere, surveys the defense before each set and was an easy choice for being named Diablo Foothill Athletic League MVP. Worsley had 478 assists on the year.
L- Bryan Lee, Campolindo, Sr.
One of only two seniors on a Cougars team that won 42 games, along with DFAL, NCS and NorCal titles, but he was a big part. If he got to a ball, it was normally a perfect pass as he had 236 digs. And he could also set if the Cougars offense ever broke down.
H- Ryan First, Campolindo, Soph.
First team All-DFAL. 364 kills.
H- Yize Dong, Campolindo, Soph.
Second team All-DFAL. 405 assists, 343 kills.
H- Alex Kalustian, College Park, Sr.
First team All-DVAL. 172 kills, 60 aces.
H- Roy Xue, Amador Valley, Sr.
First team All-EBAL. 198 kills.
M- Stephen Buhl, Campolindo, Jr.
Second team All-DFAL. 286 kills.
S- Nelson Fisher, College Park, Sr.
DVAL MVP. 737 assists, 84 aces.
S- Matt Lee, Foothill, Sr.
First team All-EBAL. 1078 assists.
L- Grant Hawkins, San Ramon Valley, Sr.
First team All-EBAL. 362 digs, 91 percent digging.
H- Andrew Nelson, Dougherty Valley, Sr.
First team All-DFAL. 433 kills.
H- Matt D’Angina, Clayton Valley, Jr.
First team All-DVAL. 336 kills.
H- Charles Liu, College Park, Sr.
First team All-DVAL. 169 kills.
M- Nick Horton, College Park, Sr.
First team All-DVAL. 179 kills, 53 blocks.
S- Andrew Cecere, Kennedy, Sr.
MVAL MVP. 920 assists, 110 aces.
S- Blake Barkdull, Amador Valley, Sr.
Second team All-EBAL. 859 assists.
L- Derek Lodge, Alameda, Jr.
WACC MVP. 218 digs on 220 chances. 438 three-pass sets.
Honorable Mention: Michael Pacheco, Moreau Catholic; Jalen Ponco, American; Chris Trinh, Logan; Alvin Zhou, Mission San Jose; Grant Badstubner, San Ramon Valley; Brennan Moore, Washington; Michael Standring, Campolindo.