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A trio of 6-1 standout hitters have earned MaxPreps California All-State Player of the Year honors.
In leading Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) to its second straight California Interscholastic Federation Open Division title, senior outside hitter Kamrin Caoili was named the Large Schools Player of the Year.
Senior outside hitter Cate Desler, who led Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) to the CIF D2 runner-up spot, was named the Medium Schools Player of the Year.
And senior middle hitter Hannah Tostado of St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.) was named the Small Schools Player of the Year.
Caoili was one of three Archbishop Mitty players named to the Large Schools All-State team as seniors Nicole Liddle and Makaela Tanaka also were honored.
In addition to three All-State players, Archbishop Mitty's Bret Alamzan-Cezar was named Large Schools Coach of the Year as the 37-5 Monarchs finished ranked No. 5 nationally and won their second-straight state Open Division title. Archbishop Mitty was named Large Schools Team of the Year.
Open Division runner-up Mater Dei (Santa Ana) also had three All-State players with sophomore setter Mia Tuaniga and seniors Kelsey Campeau and Sienna Secrist selected.
Sierra Canyon coach Stefanie Wignall was named state Medium Schools Coach of the Year after leading the Trailblazers to the state D2 title.
And surprising Presentation (San Jose) was named the Medium Schools Team of the Year after winning the D4 state title with a season-ending, nine-match win streak. Finishing 0-10 in the West Catholic Athletic League, Presentation finished the season 20-21 and at one point was 11-21.
Mary Beiler, who coached Maranatha Christian (San Diego) to the state D5 championship, was named state Smalls Schools Coach of the Year, while the Eagles were chosen as the Small Schools Team of the Year.
Teams were based upon preseason section divisions in combination with postseason playoffs.
Below are the 2017 California All-State selections based on large, medium and small school divisions:
California Large Schools All-State Volleyball TeamLarge Schools Player of the YearOH — Kamrin Caoili, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 6-1 Sr.
Named the West Catholic Athletic League's top player, Caoili was instrumental in leading the Monarchs to their second-straight California Open Division title, a 37-5 season and a No. 5 National ranking. She averaged 3.3 kills (48.7 percent hitting), served for 200 points, blocked 84 shots, and had 345 serve receptions and 182 digs in 115 sets. Caoili, who has signed with Santa Clara, was named the Bay Area News Group's Player of the Year. She was also named Archbishop Mitty's Player of the Year.MH — Karson Bacon, Rancho Cucamonga, 6-4 Sr.
Bacon averaged 5.3 kills and 2.0 digs per set as Rancho Cucamonga went 23-10. She also served 100 aces and blocked 71 shots. She was named Baseline League player of the year and the Inland Valley Sun/Bulletin Player of the Year. Bacon, who has signed with Oregon, had 28 kills in a three set match against Santa Margarita.OH — Nicole Liddle, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 5-11 Sr.
The future Dartmouth Big Green player led state champion Mitty in kills 451 (4.3 per set average), had 376 (3.6) serve receptions and 208 digs. Liddle was instrumental in leading the Monarchs to their second straight California Open Division title, a 37-5 season and a No. 5 national ranking.S — Devon Chang, Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), 5-11 Sr.
In leading Santa Margarita to the California D1 title, Chang served 95 percent (248 points), blocked 82 shots, had 85 kills and averaged 3.1 digs per set. But it was her quarterbacking the Eagles with 1,171 assists (9.8 average) that sets her above others. Chang, who has signed with UCLA, was the Orange County Register's Player of the Year.S — Mia Tuaniga, Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 5-9 So.
Tuaniga averaged 1.4 kills, 2.0 digs and 7.9 assists and also blocked 79 shots while serving 62 aces and for 187 points for the state runner-up squad. More importantly, Mater Dei averaged 13.3 assists with Tuaniga as the playmaker. She was named first team all-California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section D1 as Mater Dei finished 37-6 and open division runner-up. She was the lone sophomore chosen to the Large Schools All-State team.L — Kelsey Campeau, Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 5-4 Sr.
Heading to UCLA, Campeau led Mater Dei to the Nike Tournament of Champions title in Phoenix and runner-up in the state Open Division. A standout defensive player, Campeau averaged 5.6 serve receptions and 4.8 digs per set and also served for 272 points.A-A — Jaden Whitmarsh, Torrey Pines (San Diego), 5-8 Sr.
A finalist for the state player of the year, Whitmarsh led 34-4 Torrey Pines to a deep playoff run and a high MaxPreps National ranking. She finished her senior year with team highs in kills (3.6 per set average), serve receptions (4.9) and digs (2.7). She also served for 193 points with a 92.5 average. Whitmarsh, who will play beach volleyball at UCLA, was named the CIF-San Diego Section player of the year.Second team
OH — Kendall Kipp, Corona del Mar (Newport Beach), 6-4 Jr.
Kipp, a six-rotation player, had a team-high 429 kills. She also had 120 digs, 70 blocks and 48 aces. A member of the USA 18 Girls team, Kipp was only one of two juniors picked for the Large Schools All-State team.OH — Siena Secrist, Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 5-11 Sr.
Named the CIF-Southern Section D1 Player of the Year, Secrist averaged 5.0 serve receptions, 3.5 digs and 2.4 kills. Secrist, who signed to play beach volleyball at USC, also served for 198 points and blocked 40 shots. OH — Tatiana Toleafoa, James Logan (Union City), 5-6 Sr.
Toleafoa, the only senior on James Logan's state D1 runner-up team, averaged 5.2 kills, 3.5 digs and served 46 aces to lead the Colts to a 40-5 season. In 17 matches, she averaged better than six kills per set. She was second in the state in kills with 609.S — Makaela Tanaka, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose), 5-10 Sr.
Someone had to get the ball to Mitty's quartet of outstanding hitters and Tanaka responded by averaging 11.7 assists per set. She also averaged 1.8 digs, recorded 84 kills and blocked 59 shots. Tanaka served 95.2 percent for 227 points and 41 aces as the Monarchs repeated as California Open Division state champions. Seven times she averaged over 14 assists per set in a match and in the final 10 sets of the state tournament, she totaled 141 assists. She has committed to Fordham.S — Julia Handy, Turlock, 6-0 Sr.
Handy was named the 2017 Stanislaus District Player of the Year for a second consecutive season when she totaled 1,218 assists in leading Turlock to a 34-9 finish and undefeated in winning the Central California Conference. With Handy setting, Turlock reached the semifinals of the CIF Northern California Open Division regional tournament.L — Sarah Smevog, Santiago (Corona), 5-5 Sr.
Smevog set the Inland area's single-season record with 667 digs, averaging 6.4 per set. She ended her career with 1,624 digs, a school record and second best in area history. Smevog also had 32 aces and a 97.3 serve reception percentage. Smevog has signed with San Jose State.A-A — Devon Newberry, Marymount (Los Angeles, Calif.), 5-9 Jr.
For a third-straight season, Newberry impressive for Marymount, averaging 3.3 kills, 2.6 digs and 4.6 serve receptions and she served for 43 aces and 199 points. Behind Newberry's all-around play, Marymount won 31 matches. Committed to play beach volleyball at UCLA, Newberry is only one of two juniors named to the large school all-state team.California Medium Schools All-State Volleyball Team
Medium Schools Player of the YearOH — Cate Desler, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton), 6-1 Sr.
In leading Sacred Heart to the California state D2 final match, Desler totaled a state-leading 725 kills for a 5.8 per set averaged. Impressively, she hit 60.4 percent on kills. She also served 71 aces, blocked 70 shots and averaged 2.0 digs per set. In nine matches, she averaged better than seven kills per set. Desler, who has signed with Tufts University, improved in every statistical category as a senior. MH — Sophie Wood, Shasta (Redding), 6-2 Sr.
The North Section's most dominant player, Wood led Shasta to a 24-12 season and a league title when she averaged 4.8 kills, 1.4 blocks, 1.7 digs, 1.6 serve receptions, 3.7 assists and served 62 aces. The Redding Record-Searchlight's and Northern Section's Player of the Year has signed with UC-Irvine.OH — May Pertofsky, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), 6-2 Jr.
Pertofsky averaged 4.9 kills and hit 47.2 kill efficiency in leading Sierra Canyon to the state 2A title. She has committed to Michigan. She was named the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section's D3 Player of the Year.OH — Allison Martinez, Westridge (Pasadena), 6-0 Sr.
Martinez, who averaged 4.7 kills as a senior, is a perennial All-State and three time MaxPreps All-American performer. She also served for 130 aces and 258 points as Westridge went 25-6. She had 2,076 kills (5.8 per set average) in 359 matches for Westridge. Martinez, who was named Pasadena Star Player of the Year for a third time, will play collegiately at Long Beach State.S — Jade Blevins, Sage Hill (Newport Beach), 5-10 Sr.
Blevins was a big factor for the Lightning as they went 26-10 overall, advanced to the semifinals of both the CIF Southern Section D3 section playoffs. She totaled 645 assists, added 77 kills, 63 blocks and 52 aces. She has signed with Portland.L — Zoe Fleck, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth), 5-6 Sr.
Fleck averaged 6.8 digs per set in the Trailblazers state D2 title season. The Santa Barbara signee added 56 aces and more than 400 serves received. She was named to the CIF Southern Section D3 team.L — Camryn Tastad, Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach), 5-3 Sr.
Tastad averaged 5.5 digs and 6.3 served receptions per set in leading a 23-win season. She also served better than 95 percent and finished with 40 acres. She has signed with Oregon.Second team
MH — Amy Steinmetz, Lynbrook (San Jose), 6-1 Sr.
Named Santa Clara Valley-DeAnza League Most Outstanding Player, Steinmetz was one of the top hitters in the state with a 5.7 kill per set average. Her kill percentage was 51.2. She also averaged 2.8 digs and 2.6 serve receptions per set. She has signed with UC-Irvine.OH — Maya McClellan, Carlmont (Belmont), 5-10 Sr.
McClellan averaged 4.4 kills, 5.2 serve receptions and 2.8 digs as Carlmont finished the season in the state D2 semifinals and with a 33-5 record.OH — Marlanna Bozicevich, San Marcos, 5-10 Sr.
Bozicevich had a kill percentage of 59.9 and averaged 4.3 kills and 2.8 serve receptions per set. She also served for 225 points and 65 aces as the Knights went 33-2.OH — Julia Kallen, Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), 6-0 Sr.
Kallen led the state D4 runner-up team and averaged 5.2 kills and over 3.0 digs and 3.0 serve receptions per set.OH — Riley Ramsey, Marin Catholic (Kentfield, Calif.), 6-2 Sr.
With Ramsey standing out, Marin Catholic won the MCAL and North Coast Section D3 titles. Ramsey repeated as the Marin Independent Journal's girls volleyball Player of the Year. Ramsey led the team in kills (439) and was second in digs (302). She has signed with Pacific.S — Sophie Srivastava, Carlmont (Belmont), 6-1 Sr.
Srivastava set up 1,231 kills (9.9 per set assist average), dug 343 balls, blocked 101 shots, served 49 aces and recorded 92 kills as the Scots won 33 of 38 matches and finished in the state D2 semifinals.A-A — Jessica Stewart, Culver City, 5-11 Sr.
Named the CIF-Southern Section D4 Player of the Year, Stewart averaged better than three assists, kills and digs per set in leading the Centaurns to a 10-0 title in the Ocean League and a 31-2 season that included a CIF-SS D4 title. Stewart will attend the Air Force Academy.California Small Schools All-State Volleyball Team
Small Schools Player of the YearMH — Hannah Tostado, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs), 6-1 Sr.
The Swordsman lost the regional finals to eventual D3 state champion Point Loma, but Tostado had team highs in kills 462 (for a 3.7 per set average) and blocked 199 shots (1.6 per set mark). She also served 43 aces, averaged 2.0 digs and 2.6 serve receptions. Tostado, who has signed with Concordia-Irvine, was named the CIF-SS D5 Player of the Year.OH — Demari Webb, Loma Linda Academy (Loma Linda), 5-10 Sr.
Webb helped the Loma Linda Academy girls volleyball program win its first section title, was chosen the D6 Player of the Year in the CIF Southern Section. Webb averaged 4.9 kills per set with a .336 hitting percentage.OH — Amy Buffini, Maranatha Christian (San Diego), 5-7 So.
Buffini averaged 4.5 and 2.7 digs per set and served for 77 aces in leading the Eagles to the state D5 championship. Buffini was at her best during the state tournament when she averaged six kills per set in 16 sets.OH — Chloe Emory, California City, 6-0 Sr.
Emory, a three-time High Desert League MVP, led the Ravens in kills (573 for a 5.3 per set average), aces (75), and blocks (55) and also added 3.7 digs and 3.9 serve receptions per set. The Ravens won 30 matches and reached the state regional semifinals.S — McKinley Fox, Santa Catalina (Monterey), 6-1 Sr.
Fox led the Cougars to a 27-1 season (the lone loss coming to state D3 finalist Lincoln). She totaled 896 assists (10.9 per set average), 2.3 digs and a kill and an ace per set as well. Fox was named co-MVP of the Mission Trail League as a junior and senior. She was named the Monterey Herald's Volleyball Player of the Year.S — Joy Lee, St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs), 5-6 Jr.
Lee led the Swordsman to the state D3 finale. She dished out 1,393 assists for an 11.2 average. and served 62 aces.A-A — Michelle Shaffer, La Reina (Thousand Oaks), 5-9 Sr.
Signed to play at Santa Clara, Shaffer was everywhere on the court for the 34-8 Regents as she led in kills (4.2), service aces (108) and blocks (40) and was second in assists (4.4).Second teamOH — Grace Shepherd, King City, 6-0 Jr.
Shepherd averaged 5.5 kills for the 26-4 Mustangs. In addition .3.3 digs and 3.3 serve receptions and served 56 aces. She was named co-MVP of the Mission Trail League with All-American McKinley Fox.OH — Megan Trottier, Woodland Christian (Woodland), 5-11 Jr.
Trottier led the Cardinals to 30-4 season and the northern California small school title. Named the Central Valley League's top player for the second-straight season, Trottier posted the state's top kill-per-set average at 6.2. She also served for 180 points and 58 aces, blocked 28 shots, averaged 3.6 digs and 3.2 serve receptions.OH — Julia Sangiacomo, Justin-Siena (Napa), 6-4 Jr.
Sangiacomo amassed 422 kills (5.2 per set average) and 289 serve receptions (3.6) for the 11-13 Braves. She had a kill percentage of 50.1 and hit better than 44 percent for the season. She also dug 181 balls, served 44 aces and had 39 blocks. Named the Napa Register Player of the Year, she has committed to Santa Clara.OH — Keara Rutz, Capistrano Valley Christian (San Juan Capistrano), 5-10, Jr.
Rutz led the Eagles to the Gold Valley league title, a 30-4 season and nine playoff matches ending in the D5 state semifinals. She averaged 4.9 kills per set with a 48.6 kill percentage, served for 271 points and 135 aces.S — Alysha Buffini, Maranatha (San Diego), 5-0 So.
Sister to Amy Buffini, Alysha was playmaker on Eagles, who 34-1 and 2017 state D5 champions. She averaged 7.7 assists and 1.8 digs, and served 83 aces.L — Marlena Dennett, West Valley (Cottonwood), 5-3 Sr.
Dennett led the Eagles to a 26-7 finish with a season-ending loss in the NorCal semifinals. She totaled 652 digs, second in D4.A-A — Mariah Castle, Corning, 5-8 Sr.
The state leader in digs with 781 (8.1 per set average), Castle also blocked 188 shots (2.0 per set), served 55 aces and recorded 258 kills (2.7) for the 17-14 Cardinals.