After the Palm Desert and Shadow Hills volleyball teams won their respective regular season titles in the Desert Valley League and the De Anza League, players and coaches from both teams were rightly honored in the leagues’ postseason awards released earlier this week.
Aztec senior Morgan Dewyer – her team’s lone senior – was named the DVL Most Valuable Player for this fall’s season, and her coach Rebecca Willis was honored as the DVL’s coach of the year.
Together, the pair along with the rest of Palm Desert’s roster secured a DVL title with an 11-1 league record and advanced to the second round of the Division 2A CIF Southern Section volleyball playoffs before falling in four sets to Claremont.
Knight sophomore Trinity Castaneda was named the De Anza League’s offensive MVP, to go along with Shadow Hills coach Melissa Walker’s Coach of the Year honor. Desert Mirage’s Marisol Ruiz was named the league’s defensive MVP.
Together, Castaneda and Walker along with the rest of the Knights once again dominated the DAL, going 12-0 in league action without dropping a single set. Marisol’s Desert Mirage squad finished second in league at 10-2 with just two losses to the Knights.
Along with Dewyer, the Aztecs placed four girls in the first team All-DVL squad, along with two from Xavier Prep and one from La Quinta. The first team All-DAL was made up of four Shadow Hills standouts, along with three from Desert Mirage, two from Twentynine Palms and one each from Yucca Valley, Big Bear, Rancho Mirage and Desert Hot Springs.
ALL-DESERT VALLEY LEAGUE SELECTIONS
Palm Desert: Morgan Dewyer, Maggie Welsh, Serena Stockton, Hanka Eichelberger
Xavier Prep: Alix Dreier, Gabby Halcovich
La Quinta: Jolie Samuelson
Palm Springs: Asia O’Neil, Ashtyn Lyneis
Xavier Prep: Taylor Orr, Anissa Bautista
La Quinta: Kyrsti Photias, Camryne Sommaripa
Palm Desert: Tara Sauerbrey
Cathedral City: Nina Wallace, Angela Inprom
Coachella Valley: Daniela Demara, Iliana Corona
Indio: Edza Gomez, Marie Delafuente
La Quinta: Jada Lopez, Baylie Dashner
Palm Desert: Daniel Boss, Taylor Harvey
Palm Springs: Hannah Wright, Linden Conrad
Xavier Prep: Nicole Malette, Cassidy Hill
Team sportsmanship award: Coachella Valley
ALL-DE ANZA LEAGUE SELECTIONS
Shadow Hills: Trinity Castaneda, Anissa Hernandez, Bethany Castillo, Aviana Ortiz
Desert Mirage: Marisol Ruiz, Joanna Garcia, Gensis Serrato
Twentynine Palms: Tatiyanna Makall, Hope Culver
Yucca Valley: Jade Adair
Big Bear: Alicia Smith
Rancho Mirage: Alyssa Johnson
Desert Hot Springs: Christiayla Jackson
Shadow Hills: Judy Figueroa, Julissa Valdez
Desert Mirage: Daniella Espinoza, Lesly Gordo
Twentynine Palms: Allix Durram
Yucca Valley: Chloe Smith
Big Bear: Hailey Hubbard
Rancho Mirage: Kylie Davenport
Desert Hot Springs: Jazmyn McAfee
Shadow Hills: Mariah Crooks
Desert Mirage: Veronica Cervantes
Twentynine Palms: Brenna Panzarella
Yucca Valley: Ashley Schwartz
Big Bear: Lilyana Medel
Rancho Mirage: Aldijana Ajanic
Desert Hot Springs: Yuriza Aldana