Palm Desert's Sarah Nichols named DVL girls' water polo MVP

Palm Desert's Sarah Nichols named DVL girls' water polo MVP

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Palm Desert's Sarah Nichols named DVL girls' water polo MVP

Palm Desert senior Sarah Nichols entered her senior water polo season already with a college scholarship lined up at UC Irvine.

But Nichols never lost her fire, en route to both league- and team-scoring records, earning the Desert Valley League’s MVP award with the release of the league’s postseason awards.

With the help of the league adding two more regular season games to the slate with Shadow Hills joining, Nichols recorded 69 goals in 12 games to set the new league mark. She also set the Palm Desert season record this year, with 170 goals in the Aztecs’ 30 games. She finished her career with 408 goals in four seasons that included three CIF SS finals appearances, leading to two titles.

On the All-DVL first team, Nichols was joined by junior teammate Alissa Clyde and senior Cassie Bija. The La Quinta Blackhawks also landed three girls on the first team, all of them sophomores in Savannah Hampton, Rachel Sherman and goalkeeper Kailey Iniguez. Xavier Prep sophomore Reina Rover and junior Jill Barbato were also honored.

Six of the league’s seven schools landed girls on the All-DVL second team, led by La Quinta with two in sophomores Ariel Carter and Lauren Olivier and Xavier Prep with two in senior goalkeeper Savy Jessup and junior Blair Burlingame. The rest of the second team was made up of three juniors – Shadow Hills’ Mary Turley, Palm Springs’ Destiny Purdy and Palm Desert’s Savy Stein – and Cathedral City senior Marilu Hernandez.

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All-Desert Valley League girls’ water polo team

FIRST TEAM

Palm Desert: Sarah Nichols, Alissa Clyde, Cassie Bija

La Quinta: Savannah Hampton, Rachel Sherman, Kailey Iniguez

Xavier Prep: Jill Barbato, Reina Rover

SECOND TEAM

La Quinta: Ariel Carter, Lauren Olivier

Xavier Prep: Blair Burlingame, Savy Jessup

Palm Desert: Savy Stein

Palm Springs: Destiny Purdy

Cathedral City: Marilu Hernandez

Shadow Hills: Mary Turley

HONORABLE MENTION

La Quinta: Mikka Von Scherr, Hadar Gamuel

Xavier Prep: Ariel Forehand, Emma Cooper

Cathedral City: Julie Cooper, Angela Improm

Palm Springs: Alex Salinas

Palm Desert: Andrea Uribe, Judy Morrow

Shadow Hills: A.J. Woody, Brianna Ortiz

Indio: Lizbeth Garcia

MVP: Sarah Nichols, Palm Desert

Coach of the Year: Michelle Valovic, Palm Desert

Sportsmanship: Shadow Hills

Palm Desert senior Sarah Nichols signed her national letter of intent Wednesday to play water polo for UC Irvine.

Palm Desert senior Sarah Nichols signed her national letter of intent Wednesday to play water polo for UC Irvine.

Palm Desert’s Sarah Nichols (2) scored six goals for the Aztecs in Saturday's quarterfinals win against Chino.

Palm Desert’s Sarah Nichols (2) scored six goals for the Aztecs in Saturday’s quarterfinals win against Chino.

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