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All-Sierra League teams released for volleyball, soccer

by Joey Crandall

The All-Sierra League postseason honors team were announced over the weekend for soccer and volleyball.

Douglas pulled off an impressive showing with three first-teamers in both girls’ and boys’ soccer and the Sierra League champion volleyball team had two first-team honorees.

The boys’ soccer team, fresh off their state runner-up performance over the weekend, got midfielder of the year honors for Eddie Vega who had 16 assists and 14 goals on the year for Douglas.

Edgar Arceo, who tied for the team-lead in goals scored with Vega, was a first-team honoree at forward and junior Ross Gardner, who missed the latter part of the season with a torn ACL, was a first-teamer as well.

Gardner had five goals and three assists, while Arceo added nine assists to his impressive goal total.

Douglas had a number of fairly large snubs, including senior Jose Alcaraz only receiving second-team honors at defender and defender/midfielder Kyle Gardner received an honorable mention.

Alcaraz split time between goalkeeper and defense this year and probably would have been a lock for the first team had opposing coaches seen him at one position all year. Anyone who watched the regional and state playoffs in the last two weeks would agree. He scored four goals, had an assist and posted seven shutouts this season.

Kyle Gardner (two goals, two assists) was one of the more versatile players in the entire region and was also shuffled around due to injuries. Oscar Gonzalez was a second-team honoree as well.

On the girls’ side, Danyelle Heidt, Ally Freitas and Sage Lyons were first-team honorees. Goalkeeper Jamie Greer and midfielder/defender Lisa Christen were second-teamers, although either could have made a strong case for first-team honors.

Freitas led the Tigers with 16 goals this season while Heidt had seven goals. Christen tied for the team-leag in assists with five.

Receiving honorable mentions were freshman midfielder Alex Laing and defenders Samantha Ensminger and Mackenzie Cauley. Laing also had five assists and the four defenders honored helped Greer post 10 shutouts on the year.

In volleyball, Megan Mitchell, who had another strong case for player of the year, and Jourdan Burke received first-team honors. Reno’s Shelby Zaldain ended up winning the player of the year award.

Mitchell finished the year with 596 assists, 110 blocks, 65 digs, 51 kills and 34 aces. Burke led the Tigers with 226 kills.

Bridget Maestretti and Taryn Williams each earned second-team honors and Jessica Waggoner and Mary Lombino were honorable mentions.

Williams had 201 kills on the year, good enough for second on the team, and led Douglas with 36 assists. Maestretti finished with 75 kills, 113 blocks, 41 digs and 15 aces.

Waggoner led the team with 178 blocks to go with 121 kills and Lombino was one of the better defensive specialists in the region, coming up with 245 digs this year.