SALINAS VALLEY — With the high school volleyball season officially coming to end, it’s time to honor the young ladies of South Monterey County who had a great season with awards.

In the Cypress Division, the Greenfield Bruins were the lone representative from South Monterey County. This year the Bruins had three players make all-league first and second teams.

The standout was Bruins freshman Aleena Salas, who was named Offensive Player of the Year. Joining Salas on the first team was Madeleine Guillen, and making the second team was Emily Soto.

Greenfield’s Latai Matelau made the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team.

The Mission Division had two schools from South Monterey County, Soledad and Gonzales. Between the two, they had four players make all-league second team: Kasandra Lopez and Haley Mathews of Soledad and Angelina Navarro and Brianna Oliva of Gonzales.

Mathews also joins Natalia Bustos of Gonzales on the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team.

King City Mustangs played in the Gabilan Division, the hardest division in the Pacific Coast Athletic League, for the first time in school history. The Mustangs saw their season end in the second round of the Division III playoffs.

For their efforts this year, the Lady Mustangs received the Elgie Bellizio Team Sportsmanship Award, and they had one representative on the all-league second team, Xienna Novoa. Making the Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship Team was the Mustangs’ Iran Ibarra.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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