The Desert Valley League and De Anza League’s top volleyball players were announced and CIF champion Palm Springs High School leads the way with MVP Mary Lake selected as the league’s best. Lake is a junior and an early commitment to Brigham Young.
The Indians also placed sophomore Hannah Wright and senior Michaela Hissam on the first team.
Shadow Hills earned top honors as the three-time De Anza League champion and senior Evelyn Lopez was selected defensive MVP of the league. Lopez is joined by other first team honorees, Knights’ teammates Bethany Castillo, Shay Mesa and Karla Torres.
Both league champs also were honored to have respective coaches of the year — Gary Wilhoite of Palm Springs and Melissa Walker of Shadow Hills.
Here’s the lists as selected by league coaches.
Desert Valley League
MVP: Mary Lake, Palm Springs
Coach of the Year: Gary Wilhoite, Palm Springs
Palm Springs: Mary Lake, Hannah Wright, Michaela Hissam
Xavier Prep: Alix Dreier
Palm Desert: Morgan Dewyer, Savannah Sharp, Courtney Calhoun
Palm Springs: Asia O’Neil, Kaylie Edgar
Xavier Prep: Cassidy Hill
Palm Desert: Taylor Harvey
La Quinta: Julie Navarro, Camryne Sommaripa, Kyrsti Photias
Cathedral City: Mary Pientka, Alyssa Carlson-Cox
De Anza League
MVP defense: Evelyn Lopez, Shadow Hills
MVP offense: Tricia Brown, Big Bear
Coach of the year: Melissa Walker, Shadow Hills
Shadow Hills: Bethany Castillo, Shay Mesa, Karla Torres
Big Bear: Renae Ellis, Madison Waner
Desert Mirage: Amaris Villasenor, Diana Garcia
Desert Hot Springs: Briana Fonseca
Twentynine Palms: Nokomis Cabera
Yucca Valley: Ashley Priest
Rancho Mirage: Katie Nolan
Shadow Hills: Anissa Hernandez, Aviana Ortiz
Big Bear: Kaysi Pilcher, Alicia Smith
Desert Mirage: Johanna Garcia
Desert Hot Springs: Jamie Barnes
Twentynine Palms: Tatynna Macalla
Yucca Valley: Becky Messaras
Rancho Mirage: JoMarie Villoria
Shadow Hills: Trinity Castaneda
Big Bear: Hailey Hubbard
Desert Mirage: Miranda Borgetti
Desert Hot Springs: Chrishayla Jackson
Twentynine Palms: Hanna Berard
Yucca Valley: Chloe Smith
Rancho Mirage: Alyssa Johnson