Chanti Holroyd is a 2016 UCLA Sand recruit. In CBVA CalCup, she took Second in 2011 with Torrey Van Winden, Third in 2012 and Fifth in 2013 with Shannon Richardson; Third in 2014 and Fifth in 2015 with Alyssa Slagerman and First in 2016 with Maddie Yeomans. For HP Beach Camp: First in 2012 and Fifth in 2013. For Beach Volleyball Clubs of America: in 2014 she won the 16U championship ; 2nd in BVCA 18U championships with Alyssa Slagerman; 3rd in BVCA 18U championships with Alyssa Slagerman. For Best of the Beach/Pan Pacific, she took 5th in Junior Olympics and Best of the Beach with Milla Anderson in 2013, First in 2015 Pan Pacific 18U with Alyssa Slagerman in July 2015. For EVP: Third in EVP Pro Tournament in September 2014 with Jana Monello. In indoor Volleyball: 2011, her team took Fifth in Junior Nationals with Payes 13-1, National Division; 18th in 14U and 15U Open Division for Red Rock; Bronze Medalist in National Division 16U for Red Rock 16 Black; Cal Kickoff and Regional Finals Championships for City Beach 17-1, Third in AAU 17 Open Division, All American. For the Mountain View High School Varsity team, she was 2012: Best Newcomer, as a freshman outside hitter and defensive player on Varsity team; did not play in 2013, made first team and best junior in the league in 2014 serving as captain, and made first team, Athlete of the Year, multiple player of the week awards and was part of All-State Team serving as captain in her senior year.
This was one of Mountain View's most solid matches of the season. To pick just one Player of the Match doesn't do it justice. However, Chanti Holroyd definitely inspired her teammates and the crowd with 23 kills in the 3 set sweep over rival Los Gatos. Her stat line also included an ace, 11 digs, and 11 perfect passes on 17 attempts. Sola Takahashi had a flawless hitting night, with 7 kills and no errors on 16 swings (.438). Emma Blockhus matched the 7 kill total. Both were also impressive at the net, Sola with 2 blocks while Emma had 4. Eleonore Johansen chipped in 5 kills and 7 digs. Both Eleonore and Lauren Price had 4 blocks. Moira Huang was very strong with her serving and defense, getting 8 digs and an ace. Sophie Karolczak saved her best match of the season for the playoffs, with 14 digs, 3 aces, and very steady passing. Setter, Cynthia Moir, dished out 33 assists to provide a very balanced Spartan attack, getting all 5 of her hitters involved.
Mountain View is taking a lot of momentum into the Central Coast Section Division II volleyball playoffs. The Spartans defeated visiting Palo Alto 27-25, 25-16, 25-20 in the final Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division contest on Thursday night. Mountain View is 29-5 overall, 9-3 in league, finishing in a tie for second with Los Gatos.
"If you would said I'd be 29-5 and tied for second in league before the year started, I would have taken it," Mountain View coach Dave Winn said. "I'm a happy camper."
The Spartans rallied from 17-10 down in Game 1, closing the game out on a 17-8 run. Outside hitter Chanti Holroyd, playing in front of the home crowd on senior night, had 16 kills, hitting .364. Holroyd will play sand volleyball at UCLA next year.
"Chanti is a one of a kind player," Winn said. "She's in a league of her own. She had a solid performance. She came in when were down in Game 1 and gave us a spark at the service line."
The Vikings, who finished 7-5 in the De Anza Division, take a 23-12 record into the CCS Division I playoffs.
Linda Holroyd's insight:
Mountain View finishes the season 29-5 overall and 9-3 in league, tying for second.
Mountain View girls volleyball coach Dave Winn has coached in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division for the past 14 seasons. After defeating host Gunn-Palo Alto 25-20, 25-13, 24-26, 25-23 on Tuesday night, the first-place Spartans improved their record to 17-2 overall, 4-1 in the De Anza. Three teams -- Los Altos, Los Gatos and Palo Alto -- are 3-1 in the De Anza.
"I've never seen it like this with four teams near the top," Winn said. "There is so much parity. Los Altos is still the favorite because of their experience and depth."
Chanti Holroyd had 21 kills, 22 digs and two aces to lead the Spartans against the Titans. Emma Blockhus and Sola Takahashi had nine kills each with Blockhus adding three blocks. Sophie Karolczak had 25 digs and four aces for the Spartans, while Moira Huang added 16 digs. Setter Cynthia Moir had 49 assists.
The Titans (10-8, 1-3 De Anza) had 31 digs from Emma Munch and 28 digs and 35 assists from Amy Wang. Jessica Li had nine kills with Tara Tracy chipping in eight kills.
"Gunn played great defense," Winn said. "They came within two points of pushing us to a fifth game. They are scrappy."
The Spartans host Los Gatos Thursday evening with Gunn welcoming Palo Alto.
MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Someone from Mountain View's wacky cheering section couldn't resist grabbing the broom that's used on the Chester F. Awalt Gymnasium floor. Despite a late push by Los Altos, a sweep it was for the Spartans, who prevailed 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division volleyball match on Thursday evening. It was the first win by Mountain View (10-1, 1-1 De Anza) over the Eagles (6-3, 1-1 De Anza) in, at least, three years, according to Mountain View coach Dave Winn. "It has been a long time for these girls," Winn said. "I looked on Maxpreps and it was, at least, three years ago." Winn was especially animated, celebrating crucial points in the third set, then the final point when aptly named middle blocker Emma Blockhus executed a block to end it. "Mountain View made less errors than we did," Los Altos coach Peter Kim said. "They brought a lot of energy. I'm sure they wanted to beat us pretty badly. We've, pretty much, had their number the past few years. What are you going to do?" Game 1 was intense as both teams came out firing. Lulu Kishton got the first of her 22 kills and the Eagles led 1-0. Chanti Holroyd, who led the Spartans in kills with 17, tapped one down and the match was on. The Spartans had some early work from sophomore opposite Eleonore Johansen, who had four kills and was a big presence at the net. A Johansen block and a kill from the back row by Holroyd and it was a 6-4 Spartans' lead. The Eagles countered with an ace from Katherine Mumm to get within 8-7. One of eight kills by Blockhus and an ace by Moira Huang put the Spartans up 10-7. A dink by Megan Wilhelm trimmed the lead to 11-10. Wilhelm served a mini-run for the Eagles, who took a 15-14 lead with Wilhelm on the serving line. A block by Mumm silenced the Spartans' crowd. Back-to-back kills by Kishton, who worked the left side, and the Eagles led 19-16. Blockhus got a tap at the net to go, then Holroyd lowered the boom with a kill. A cross-set from Cynthia Moir -- who had 31 assists -- to Holroyd for another stinging kill and the set was tied 22-22. Alexis Malgesini got a winner and the Eagles led 23-22. Johansen ended the game on a tap into the middle of the Eagles' defense. Mountain View had a better grip on Game 2, up 10-6 on a dink from Holroyd. The Spartans had leads of 15-7 and 19-12 on a Johansen kill. The Eagles rallied to close within 23-20 on two winners from Wilhelm, who had seven kills and nine digs. A tap by Blockhus and a hit into the net by the Eagles and the Spartans had a 2-0 lead in games. "Blockhus has been a good player all these years," Kim said. "She did well this match." "The team played hard together," Blockhus said. "The passing was up and the setting was up. We had good communication."
The league season is still young and both coaches expect it to be a dogfight.
"Any one of the top five teams can win it," said Winn before the match. "The race is wide open." Los Altos won a five-set match over Los Gatos to start the league slate, while the Spartans lost a five-setter to Palo Alto despite 20 kills from Holroyd. "My team felt bad after we lost to Palo Alto," Winn said. "We didn't play well or relaxed. Some of that is on me. I didn't have them ready to play the big teams. They're understanding what it takes to play a really good team. You have to have that energy." "It's going to be a battle," Kim said. "No one is going to go undefeated or with one loss. Three or four losses and a league champion is, probably, going to happen." Los Altos setter Sarah Callan had 34 assists, while teammate Kaitlyn Wong had eight digs. "I have a lot of young, inexperienced players," Kim said. "We're not rebuilding, we're reloading everything."
Linda Holroyd's insight:
Chanti led the Spartans with 17 kills in the victory over Los Altos
Mountain View def. Half Moon Bay 22-25, 25-12, 25-9, 25-17: After the dropping the opening set, Mountain View rallied behind outside hitter Chanti Holroyd, with the senior captain recording 17 kills, 5 aces and 7 digs. Sophomore opposite Eleonore Johansen had career highs with 12 kills and 6 blocks, while senior middle blocker Emma Blockhus had a career high 8 blocks to go along with her 5 aces and 7 kills.
Linda Holroyd's insight:
Great all-around play from Captain Chanti Holroyd in game against Half Moon Bay
MaxPreps once again is proud to showcase the best high school volleyball players in California. Teams are divided up by enrollment division, with a Player of the Year for each classification.
The Coach of the Year is Tommy Chaffins of Redondo Union. The 2015 Sea Hawks were far different looking than the dominant 2014 team, as Chaffins had four key players to replace, a challenging schedule and a lineup shorter than most in California's competitive Southern Section.
The 2014 Sea Hawks dominated from start to finish in winning their final 27 games and the state D-I title. Redondo won 39 of 41 matches and went 9-0 in the playoffs with a 27-7 set match differential. They lost just 18 sets all season.
In 2015, Chaffins built his team around two key returnees in seniors Norene Iosia and Megan Rice. He also had the tradition he's built in his dozen seasons as head coach, which includes a 317-78 won-loss record in the last 10 seasons.
Despite two late-season heartbreaking losses (including its first league loss since 2011), Chaffins kept his team focused, leading the Sea Hawks to their second-straight Division I state title and a 37-4 record. Chaffins also earned CIF-SS D-1AA Coach of the Year honors.
"I'm not sure how many teams have won a D-1 state title with a 5-6 outside hitter and a 5-8 opposite side hitter. But our team was resilient," said Chaffins.
He said there were a few surprises along the way.
"We had a great bench that pushed the starters every day, and our team played really smart and was usually very low error. In the end, our experience along with the girls' high volleyball I.Q. won out," said Chaffins. "Of course, having superstars Megan Rice and Norene Iosia were the biggest two factors."
Though they lost their last league game (3-2 to Mira Costa), then fell to rival Mater Dei in the Southern Section D-1AA title match, the Sea Hawks reached the Southern California Regional Tournament as a No. 4 seed.
Not deterred by rankings, they upset Torrey Pines in San Diego, at that time the No. 1-ranked team in the state.
The Sea Hawks then beat Huntington Beach and Northern California champion Menlo-Atherton to repeat as champions. Behind the play of Rice, who had a match-high 22 kills, and Iosia, who had 36 assists and four service aces, Redondo dominated Menlo-Atherton (25-16, 25-18, 25-16).
Chaffins even started a freshman – 6-foot middle Kyla Doig – in a conference were few freshmen see anything but junior varsity playing time.
Iosia, who was a finalist for MaxPreps National Player of the Year, is MaxPreps' California D-I Player of the Year. And Rice is a D-I all-state selection. They shared the Daily Breeze 2015 Volleyball Player of the Year honor.
MaxPreps 2015 California All-State Volleyball Teams
Photos by MaxPreps photographers / Graphic by SocialRecluse Graphx
DIVISION I PLAYER OF THE YEAR S - Norene Iosia, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), 6-0 Sr. Iosia led the Sea Hawks to their second-straight California D-I title. Her coach says there is "no better player" than Iosia, who has signed with Hawaii. A finalist for MaxPreps National POY, she finished the season averaging 9.4 assists, 3.2 digs, 1.0 blocks, 1.4 aces and hit 70.7 percent on kills.
OH - Megan Rice, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach), 5-10 Sr. Co-MVP of the Santa Monica Breeze All-Area Volleyball Team, Rice averaged 4.9 kills per set (49.4 percent), blocked 47 shots and averaged 3.9 digs. She will attend UC Santa Barbara.
OH - Allison Kantor, Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo), 6-0 Sr. Kantor led Trabuco Hills (33-5) to the CIF-SS 1A title and was rewarded by being named CIF-SS D1 POY, as well as the Orange County Register POY. She has signed with Santa Clara.
OH - Katherine Claybaugh, San Ramon Valley (Danville), 6-0 Sr. Claybaugh had 450 kills (5.7 per set), the most in the North Coast Section. She helped power the Wolves to third in the competitive EBAL but was hampered by injury in the playoffs. A two-time MaxPreps All-American, she was named All-East Bay.
OH - Meghan McClure, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita), 6-1 Jr. McClure was named to the CIF-Southern Section 1A team, Trinity League MVP and first team Orange County Register All-County team. McClure finished with 439 kills, 342 digs and nine aces as Santa Margarita finished 38-4.
OH - Savvy Simo, Torrey Pines (San Diego), 5-10 Sr. The future UCLA Bruin finished this season with 380 kills, 186 digs, 32 aces and 26 blocks as Torrey Pines finished the season 35-2. Simo, who will play both indoor and sand volleyball for the Bruins, was named the San Diego Section POY.
OH - Kayla Lund, Flintridge Sacred Heart (La Canada-Flintridge), 5-11 Jr. Lund recorded a team-high 554 kills en route to being named the league's co-Most Valuable Player. Lund added 273 digs and 37 aces to help Flintridge Sacred Heart go 26-9. She was also chosen first team all-CIF Southern Section.
OH - Milan Stokes, Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach), 6-0 Sr. Stokes, who was named the Long Beach Press Telegram co-POY, led Wilson to a 22-13 season by recording 439 kills, 53 aces, 3.7 digs per set and returned 294 service receptions. She has signed with LSU.
OH - Lulu Kishton, Los Altos, 6-0 Sr. Kishton, who is headed for Johns Hopkins, averaged 4.4 kills and 3.1 digs per set and was named co-MVP of the SCVAL's De Anza Division. She led Los Altos to a league title and the Central Coast Section D-I semifinals.
S - Jessie Prichard, Santiago (Corona), 5-9 Sr. Prichard is a two-time CIF Southern Section first-team honoree and has led the Sharks to the D-I championship match two of the last three seasons. As a senior, she recorded 941 assists, 63 aces and had 138 digs. She will attend Loyola Marymount after posting 4,011 career assists.
S - Kirby Knapp, Menlo-Atherton (Atherton), 5-6 Jr. The floor leader for California's Division I runner-up, Knapp recorded 1,024 assists, had 265 digs and served for 246 points (95.9 percent, 46 aces). She was a MaxPreps 2013 Underclass All-American, named to the MaxPreps 2015 Junior All-American Team and was named the San Mateo Daily Journal's Player of the Year.
A-A - Kathryn Plummer, Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo), 6-6 Sr. Plummer had 368 kills while recording a .591 kill percentage and .427 hitting percentage this past season, leading the Wolverines (23-7) to the Southern Section quarterfinals. Plummer totaled 368 assists, 226 digs, 60 blocks and 33 service aces in 30 matches. A member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Team and USA Volleyball's Beach U19 National Team, she is the only player in history to earn medals in both indoor and beach volleyball at the FIVB World Championships. She has signed with Stanford.
L - Alexa Roumeliotis, Menlo-Atherton (Atherton), 5-7 Jr. Roumeliotis averaged 7.2 digs per set in leading Menlo-Atherton to a state runner-up finish. She also served for 184 points and returned 541 serves in 99 sets (5.5 average).
The Gonzaga-bound Banko was named D-2AA CIF-SS POY, Olympic League MVP and the Los Angeles Daily News POY. Banko led Village Christian to the state D-II final, as she finished with 523 kills, 45 aces, 49 blocks and 274 digs. The team boasted the best record in the school's 65-year history and was the first girls volleyball team to participate in the state regional championships.
MB - May Pertofsky, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.), 6-1 Frosh Pertofsky earned all-CIF-SS D-2A honors after leading Sierra Canyon to the section final and to the Southern California Regionals before losing to Village Christian. She recorded 298 kills and 51 blocks.
OH - Elly Lundberg, Redwood (Larkspur), 5-10 Sr. Lundberg led Redwood to MCAL and North Coast Section titles and was named the Marin Independent Journal's POY. She finished with 365 kills and 350 digs. She will play beach at Arizona State.
OH - Allison Martinez, Westridge (Pasadena), 5-10 Soph. Martinez led the state in kills with 688 (200 more than the closest player to her in the CIF-SS). Martinez's per-set kill average of 7.5 was among the national leaders. She also had a team-high 66 aces and team-high 37 blocked shots. She had the second-most serve receptions for the Tigers.
OH - Chanti Holroyd, Mountain View, 5-10 Sr. The SCVAL De Anza Division co-MVP, Holroyd averaged 4.4 kills per set while helping the Spartans advance to the semifinals of the CCS D-II playoffs. She is headed for UCLA to play sand volleyball.
OH - Brigid Bell, Granite Bay, 5-10 Sr. Bell served 99 aces and accounted for nearly 300 service points in leading Granite Bay to a 32-win season. Bell also recorded 279 digs, 370 kills and 533 serve receptions.
S - Lauren Speckman, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 5-10 Sr. Speckman was first-team all-WCAL and led Mitty to its fourth-consecutive state championship, finishing the season with 638 assists. She is headed to Marquette next year.
S - Selby Schnobrich, Village Christian (Sun Valley), 5-11 Sr. Schnobrich was much more than just a setter, as she recorded 79 blocks, 243 points on 97.8 percent serving, 231 digs, 11.4 assists per set (1,371 in 120 sets) and 60 kills as Village Christian reached the D-II state final. She has signed with Bucknell.
S - Mari Molina, Redwood (Larkspur), 5-7 Jr. Molina served 87 aces and scored 310 points for the 41-5 Giants. The big number was 1,239 (12.4 per set) assists. She also 252 digs and blocked 28 shots. She has committed to play beach volleyball at Stetson University.
S - Kayla Joyce, Pleasant Valley (Chico), 5-6 Jr. The top setter in the Northern Section, Joyce led the Vikings to a 31-win season. She served 129 aces for 336 points, had 226 digs and recorded 1,104 assists.
L - Molly Patapoff, Whittier Christian (La Habra), 5-5 Sr. Patapoff returned 610 serves with only 18 errors in 94 sets and had 638 digs. She also had 55 aces and totaled 196 points in Whittier Christian's 24-10 season.
L - Regan Lough, King (Riverside), 5-6 Sr. Headed to Villanova, Lough recorded 588 digs (7.2 per set) and finished the season with a 97.4 serving percentage. Lough, who was co-MVP of Big 8 League and first-team Riverside Press Enterprise all-Inland, returned 417 service receptions in 82 sets.
A-A - Sedona Hansen, Serrano (Phelan), 5-8 Sr. The Mojave River League MVP, Hansen helped the Diamondbacks reach the CIF-SS D-2A semifinals. She was all CIF-SS and finished the season with 357 kills, 32 solo blocks, 485 digs and 325 assists. The Tennessee signee was named to the San Bernardino Press All-Area Team.
The Oregon signee led Valley Christian to the D-III state title by again putting up big numbers (498 kills for a 5.6 per set average), 25 aces, 46 blocks and 331 digs (3.8 average). Stone, who was the MaxPreps Medium Schools Player of the Year, is the daughter of former NFL player Ron Stone.
OH - Pearl Escobar, Calexico, 5-10 Sr. Escobar put Calexico on the map a year ago leading the Bulldogs to an 18-15 record and the postseason for the first time in school history. This year, they went 25-11 and 4-1 in the postseason, as Escobar averaged 6.6 kills and 3.5 digs. She also served 95.5 percent with 75 aces. Escobar, who has signed with Hawaii Pacific, was named second-team all-CIF San Diego Section.
OH - Breana Runnels, Independence (Bakersfield), 5-10 Sr. Runnels, named the Bakersfield Californian's Player of the Year, led the Central Section with 5.6 kills per set (535 total). She also had 65 aces, 45 blocks, 246 digs and 376 serve receptions. She has signed with Colorado State.
OH - Tesa Oaks, Woodcrest Christian (Riverside), 6-1 Jr. It was another monster year for Oaks. She averaged 6.5 kills in leading the Royals to a 22-6 season and also served for 232 points (54 aces), posted 254 digs, 37 blocks and returned 393 serves. Named the Ambassador League's Player of the Year, she was also chosen to the CIF-SS D-3A first team.
OH - Katelyn Evans, Highland (Palmdale), 5-10 Sr. Evans had a kill percentage of 62 to go along with a 6.0 per set kill average as the Bulldogs went 24-3. She also served 92 percent with 44 aces and averaged 2.0 digs per set. She was named CIF-SS 3-AA first team.
OH - Kristen Sibley, Campolindo (Moraga), 6-2 Sr. Sibley's all-around performance is best described with her statistics: 325 kills, 241 digs, 73 blocks and 68 aces. Sibley was the key in a Cougars program that reached the NCS D-III final in each of her four varsity seasons. The Hawaii signee was named the Contra Costa Times East Bay POY.
OH - Bekah Boyle, Shasta (Redding), 5-10 Sr. A member of the school's record-setting sprint relay teams, Boyle was named all-Northern Section after leading Shasta to a 38-9 season. She averaged four kills per set, served 94.3 percent with 68 aces and had 294 digs (2.5 average). She will attend Chico State.
OH - Carina Brackett, Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland), 5-10 Sr. The WACC-Foothill League MVP had 267 kills, 242 digs, 39 aces and 19 blocks for the team that won the CIF-NCS D-III section title and reached the NorCal semifinals.
S - Tori Dilfer, Valley Christian (San Jose), 5-10 Jr. The daughter of former NFL quarterback Trent, Dilfer averaged 11.25 (1,249) assists as Valley Christian won California's D-III state title. She also scored 213 points on serves (37 aces in 400 attempts), blocked 31 shots and posted 332 digs. Dilfer has committed to Notre Dame, where she will be reunited with her sister, Maddie.
S - Camryn Purdom, Valley View (Moreno Valley), 5-7 Sr. Purdom finished with 748 assists (8.7 per set) in helping the Eagles capture their first section championship. She registered 145 digs, 102 kills and 49 aces and shared the Inland Valley League's Most Valuable Player award and also was selected as the CIF-SS D-3A Player of the Year.
A-A - Laura Butler, La Serna (Whittier), 5-8 Sr. Butler, who was named the Whittier Daily News POY, had 348 kills, 28 blocks, 52 aces and 493 digs. She was named CIF-SS all-3AA and the Del Rio League's MVP.
The CIF-SS D-4A POY, Cross led Desert to the state semifinals and a 28-3 season. She averaged 4.6 kills (51.9 kill percentage), served 46 aces, blocked 131 shots (1.5 per set) and had 370 digs (4.2). She has signed with Arizona.
MH - Elizabeth Shelton, Desert (Edwards AFB), 6-2 Sr. Also a standout basketball and track athlete, Shelton teamed with All-American teammate Cross to give the Owls one of the best frontlines in the state. She averaged 5.1 kills per set, served an ace 22.3 percent of the time, blocked 101 shots, had 288 digs and returned 356 serves in 88 sets. The Arizona signee was a first-team all-CIF-SS 4A selection.
MH - Jordon Wilson, Summit (Fontana), 6-1 Sr. Wilson took MVP honors in the Sunkist League after leading the SkyHawks (22-5) to their best season in school history. She managed 328 kills (4.5 per set), 127 blocks (1.7) and 72 service aces. A first-team all-CIF pick, Wilson scored in double figures in kills in all but two matches.
OH - Haven Hill, St. Bonaventure (Ventura), 5-8 Sr. Hill finished with a school-record 629 kills, 241 digs, 102 aces and 91 solo blocks in 22 matches. Hill was named the Tri-Valley League's Most Valuable Player and was an all-CIF selection in D-4AA. She has signed to play beach volleyball at TCU.
OH - Emily Baptista, Hilmar, 6-2 Sr. Baptista, a two-time MaxPreps All-American, led Hilmar deep into the postseason for the third-straight season and once again put up eye-popping numbers: 579 kills (5.2 average), 91 aces (22.7 percent of her serves were aces), 39 blocks and 374 digs (3.4). She has signed with Pacific.
OH - Katie Smoot, Notre Dame (Belmont), 6-1 Jr. Smoot averaged five kills per set to lead Notre Dame (32-10) to the D-IV state title. She also had 180 digs, 57 aces and scored 236 points.
OH - Gabrielle Oddo, Alta Loma, 5-10 Sr. Oddo registered 557 kills, 328 digs, 35 blocks and 55 aces, earning Mt. Baldy League MVP and first-team all-CIF-SS honors. She reached double digits in kills in 32 of 39 matches and recorded 20 or more 10 times.
OH - Peyton Shelburne, Cate (Carpinteria), 5-8 Sr. Shelburne's consistent all-around game led the Rams to a second-straight Frontier League title and a spot in the CIF-SS D4A semifinals. Shelburne notched 344 kills and picked up 259 digs. She will play collegiately at Washington & Lee.
S - Kristine Gese, Notre Dame (Belmont), 5-9 Jr. Gese played a major role in leading the Tigers to the 4A state title. She led the state in assists with 1,482 for a 12.0 assist per set average. She also had 179 digs and recorded 43 aces.
S - Joy Lee, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs), 5-4 Frosh Lee recorded 10.6 assists (1,006) and served 94.9 percent with 30 aces as St. Paul reached the second round of the playoffs and won 24 of 34 matches.
L - Carissa Rivette, Frazier Mountain (Lebec), 5-3 Jr. Rivette averaged 90 percent serving and scored 44 aces, but her big number is 8.5 digs (778 in 91 sets), as the Falcons went 24-8 and won a match in the regional playoffs. She also had 447 serve receptions.
A-A - Phoebe Madsen, Laguna Blanca (Santa Barbara), 5-8 Sr. Madsen did it all for Laguna Blanca. She finished the team's magical season with 264 kills on a .350 hitting average, 607 assists, 83 service aces and 317 digs. Madsen's all-around contributions led Laguna Blanca to the CIF-SS 4AA and CIF D-IV Southern Regional titles and a runner-up finish in the D-IV state final. Madsen will continue her career at Claremont McKenna College.
Burbank averaged 5.1 kills and 93 percent serving (37 aces) in leading the Bulls to a 30-9 season and a D-V state title, Branson's fifth since 2009. Roberts-Burbank, who has signed with Harvard, was named first-team WCAL and was named to the California Challenge All-Tournament Team.
MB - Simone Froley, San Francisco Waldorf, 6-1 Sr. Froley led the Wolverines to a 31-4 record and 25 straight victories that ended with a D-VI regional title (NorCal has a Division VI). She averaged 2.8 kills, served an ace 24 percent of the time, blocked 48 shots (0.9 average), and recorded 162 digs. She has committed to UC San Diego.
MB - Alicia Borges, Vacaville Christian, 5-11 Sr. Named the Sierra Delta League's MVP, Borges led the Falcons to a 25-8 season when she averaged 4.2 kills and 4.1 digs per set. She also served 75 aces and returned 403 serves.
OH - Kylie Brown, Santa Clarita Christian (Canyon Country), 5-8 Sr. A three-time Heritage League POY, Brown led SCCS to a third-straight perfect league season and to the CIF-SS D-5AA finals for the second year in a row and advancing to the D-V regional final. Brown, named all-CIF-SS for the third time, led the Cardinals with 428 kills and 67 aces on the year.
OH - Nikki DeSerpa, Notre Dame (Salinas), 6-0 Sr. DeSerpa led Notre Dame to a 33-6 record with averages of 3.8 kills and 2.6 digs and 60 aces as it won five playoff matches before losing to eventual state champion Branson.
S - Megan Gallion, Fall River (McArthur), 5-6 Sr. Gallion recorded 790 assists and 90 aces (totaled 454 service points) as Fall River went 33-6. She was named MVP of the Shasta Cascade League.
S - Vanesa Cota, Los Molinos, 5-3 Sr. Named the Five Star League's MVP, Cota led the Bulldogs to a 27-17 season by dishing out 916 assists (7.6 average) and served 77 aces (91.8 percent).
L - Kyra Wyman, Tarbut V' Torah (Irvine), 5-7 Jr. A repeat all-state performer, Wyman averaged 1.5 aces per set and scored 213 points as the Lions won 24 of 27 matches. She also had 483 digs and returned 259 serves.
OH - Kiana Krumm, La Sierra Academy (Riverside), 5-10 Sr. A repeat all-state performer, Krumm averaged 4.6 kills, served 53 aces in 56 sets and only made six serve reception errors in 155 attempts. She was also named to the all-CIF-SS 5-AA team.
L - Emma Scanlan, Head-Royce (Oakland), 5-7 Sr. Scanlan, a four-year all-league performer, has signed with Portland. The Jayhawks went 36-3 and reached the NorCal D-V regionals before losing.
A-A - Maddy Schoenberger, Branson (Ross), 6-0 Sr. Schoenberger did everything for Branson. She hit (3.1 kills, 56.8 kill percentage), served (38 aces, 93 percent), blocked (30), dug (2.5 average) and assisted (4.3 average) as the Bulls won the state title.
A-A - Natasha Skov, Head-Royce (Oakland), 5-10 Sr. Skov, who was named league MVP and second-team all-East Bay, has signed with Princeton
The local high school volleyball teams have the long Thanksgiving weekend off – and they’re not happy about it.
The Los Altos, Mountain View and St. Francis girls saw their stellar seasons come to an end last week in the semifinals of the Central Coast Section playoffs. Only the CCS finalists advance to the Northern California playoffs that begin this weekend.
Mountain View and St. Francis lost to higher-seeded teams in the Division II semifinals Nov. 18 at Christopher High in Gilroy. Top-seeded Mitty swept the No. 5 Spartans and second-seeded Presentation defeated No. 3 St. Francis in four sets.
Los Altos – which reached the NorCal Division II title match the past two seasons – appeared to have an easier road to the CCS championship this year with the move to Division I; the top-seeded Eagles were able to avoid mighty Mitty, which beat them in the CCS and NorCal finals both years.
Mountain View coach Dave Winn hopes his team will continue its upward trajectory next season. “We took a huge step this year,” he said. “The kids are buying in.” The Spartans finished third in the De Anza at 9-3 and went 31-6 overall – tying the school record for the most wins in a season – a year after going 5-7 in league and 19-13 overall. This year’s trip to the CCS semifinals was their first in seven seasons.
“We should be really proud of what we accomplished,” said Winn, who took over the team last year. “But it’s hard to feel that way on the bus ride home (from the semis), because they just want to win.”
Knocking off defending state champ Mitty, ranked fifth nationally, proved too tall of a task. The Monarchs won 25-14, 25-19, 25-21.
“I wasn’t that surprised,” Winn said of the outcome. “I’m just a little disappointed that we didn’t bring our best game. But we got better as the match went along.”
Mountain View struggled serving, missing 13 over the three sets.
“Our serving let us down,” Winn said.
Outside hitter Chanti Holroyd paced the Spartans with nine kills and middle blocker Emma Blockhus, also a senior, added six. Both players will be hard to replace, according to Winn, who lobbied for Holroyd as league MVP.
Sophomore right-side hitter Eleonore Johansen, who registered seven kills against Mitty, is the sole starter returning next season.
In the SCVAL De Anza Division, Gunn (1-7, 10-12) dropped a 25-23, 25-12, 25-5 decision to host Mountain View as Chanti Holroyd had 13 kills and 21 digs for the Spartans (8-2, 28-4) for former Paly coach Dave Winn.
Mountain View closed the gap to 13-12 behind the play of Chanti Holroyd. The senior contributed three of her match-high 21 kills during the Spartans’ surge.
Alexis Malgesini countered for the Eagles with a deep kill, then a cross-court spike after her team’s service error. The two-point lead ballooned to 20-15 on an ace by Mumm, who capped the set with a kill.
Los Altos (16-5 overall) seemed on its way to a sweep, jumping to a 7-2 advantage in the third set after Megan Wilhelm – effective moving from opposite hitter to libero Thursday – served back-to-back aces.
Mountain View (22-3) wasn’t having it. The Spartans scored six of the next seven points, tying the set on a block by Emma Blockhus. The 6-foot-1 senior finished with four blocks and 14 kills.
“Emma was the star – she played heroically tonight,” Winn said. “She and Chanti were fantastic.”
Linda Holroyd's insight:
Chanti had a match-high 21 kills and played fantastic in this loss to Los Altos
Archbishop Mitty took a significant step forward in its quest to win another West Catholic Athletic League girls volleyball championship, beating Valley Christian and St. Francis last week to stay unbeaten one-third of the way through a six-match league season.
But in the area’s second-best volleyball league, the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s De Anza Division, three teams begin this week with only one league loss and two of them (Mountain View and Los Altos) meet Thursday night.
Mountain View swept Los Altos at home last month, two days after losing in five sets to Palo Alto.
Los Altos swept Palo Alto on Sept. 29, five days after losing to Mountain View.
The three teams have one more round against each other, beginning with Mountain View’s visit to Los Altos on Thursday. (Palo Alto still has two matches against Los Gatos, which has two league losses).
“Cross-town rivals, playing for first place, it’s pretty big,” Los Altos coach Peter Kim said.
Asked what it’s going to take to win, Kim said. “Honestly, bring a lot of energy into the match. They brought a lot of energy when we played them in our first match at their place — their crowd, the kids, the players. We were kind of overwhelmed with it.
“They got on us early, and we really couldn’t recover. I know that we’ll come out with a lot more energy because it is at our place. We’ll have a lot of our fans out there.”
Chanti Holroyd, a UCLA sand volleyball commit, leads Mountain View’s attack, averaging 4.2 kills per set while hitting nearly 50 percent.
Lulu Kishton averages 4.3 kills per set for Los Altos, taking over the role Carmen Annevelink held last season on her way to being named Mercury News player of the year.
Los Altos has lost to Mitty in Central Coast Section and Northern California Division II finals the past two seasons.
This season, higher school enrollment has moved Los Altos to Division I, a division that does not include WCAL teams such as Mitty, Presentation or St. Francis.
“It will be interesting,” Kim said.
Linda Holroyd's insight:
Chanti Holroyd, a UCLA sand volleyball commit, leads Mountain View’s attack, averaging 4.2 kills per set while hitting nearly 50 percent.
Mountain View d. Homestead-Cupertino 32-30, 16-25, 25-19, 25-20: After falling behind by as many as 7 points in the first set, the Spartans rallied behind some clutch serving from Eleonore Johansen to steal a win. Chanti Holroyd shined for Mountain View with 21 kills, followed by Emma Blockhus with 10.
Linda Holroyd's insight:
Chanti with 21 kills, 5.3 kills per set, 10 digs, 2 aces
In seven matches last week, all victories, Holroyd had 58 kills while hitting .345. She also had 57 digs, 10 aces and four blocks. Her contributions helped Mountain View remain unbeaten and win the East County Invitational.
Linda Holroyd's insight:
Stats for the week: 58 kills, 57 digs, 10 aces, 10 blocks
The Palo Alto girls opened their SCVAL De Anza Division volleyball season in a big way by defeating host Mountain View and former Paly coach Dave Winn, 25-17, 25-18, 20-25, 18-25, 15-8 on Tuesday night. The Vikings (1-0, 12-3) held the Spartans to .180 hitting while overcoming 20 kills by Mountain View's Chanti Holroyd.
Linda Holroyd's insight:
20 kills by Chanti Holroyd in match against Palo Alto
Mountain View is off to a fast start, winning its first two matches in convincing fashion.
The Spartans followed a road sweep of Lynbrook Sept. 8 with a home win over Leland in straight sets Thursday.
Coach Dave Winn said Mountain View overcame “some sloppy play and nerves” to win its opener. He added that “Chanti Holroyd and Moira Huang were excellent at outside hitter,” notching 13 and 11 kills, respectively.
Middle blocker Emma Blockhus contributed five kills and the senior tallied 13 in the rout of Leland. Winn said the 6-foot-1 Blockhus “has been a key contributor on offense and puts up a great block.”
St. Francis ran its record to 8-0 with Friday’s sweep of host Homestead. Mollie Ebertin recorded nine kills for the Lancers.
Los Altos fell to 4-2 on the season with Thursday’s four-game loss to visiting San Benito.
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