The Palo Alto girls' volleyball team will head into the 2011 Central Coast Section Division I championship match this weekend with the Most Outstanding Senior in the SCVAL De Anza Division and two other first-team selections.
Paly senior Maddie Kuppe, who has helped the Vikings compile a 32-3 record this season, was named the Most Outstanding Senior. The Vikings went 12-0 while capturing their sixth straight division title.
Senior teammates Melanie Wade and Kimmy Whitson joined Kuppe on the all-league first team, but it was Stanford-bound Brittany Howard of Mountain View who received the top honor as the division's Most Valuable Player.
"There was a tremendous amount of discussions this year regarding league MVP, since we had so many quality nominations," said Paly coach Dave Winn. "Ultimately, it came down to a decision between Brittany Howard, Maddie Kuppe, Melanie Wade and Kimmy Whitson. Brittany was chosen due to her outstanding individual performances in many of her league matches in which she almost single-handedly carried her team to victory."
Howard helped Mountain View go 7-5. Peter Kim of Los Altos, who coached the Eagles to a 6-6 mark, was named Coach of the Year over Winn and two other coaches with better records.
Paly seniors Caroline Martin and Jackie Koenig were named to the second team while senior Ashley Shin and junior Shelby Knowles were honorable mention.
Gunn, which struggled to a 1-11 division mark, was represented by senior Julia Maggioncalda and junior Lena Latour on the second team and Julia Li on honorable mention.
2011 ALL-SCVAL DE ANZA DIVISION VOLLEYBALL
Most Valuable Player: Brittany Howard (Mountain View) Sr.
Outstanding Senior: Maddie Kuppe (Palo Alto)
Outstanding Junior: Riana Brennan (Los Gatos)
Outstanding Sophomore: Hanna Koehler (Los Altos)
Outstanding Freshman: Maria Balus (Monta Vista)
Coach of the Year: Peter Kim (Los Altos)
Kimmy Whitson (Palo Alto) Sr. setter; Maddie Kuppe (Palo Alto) Sr. OH; Melanie Wade (Palo Alto) Sr. MB; Casey Carroll (Homested) So. OH; Emily Reed (Homestead) Jr. OH; Hanna Koehler (Los Altos) So. Setter; Katie Johnson (Los Gatos) Sr. OH; Kristi Brown (Los Gatos) So. Setter; Riana Brenna (Los Gatos) Jr. OH; Becky Slattery (Mountain View) Jr. OH
Julia Maggioncalda (Gunn) Sr. OH; Lena Latour (Gunn) Jr. MB; Caroline Martin (Palo Alto) Sr. OPP; Jackie Koenig (Palo Alto) Sr. MB; Morgan Robinson (Homestead) So. OPP; Katie Tritschler (Los Altos) So. Libero; Meghan Cyron (Los Altos) Sr. OPP; Maddy Call (Los Gatos) Sr. libero; Sandy Fung (Los Gatos) Sr. libero; Savannah Day (Monta Vista) Sr. OH
Julia Li (Gunn) Sr. libero; Ashley Shin (Palo Alto) Sr. libero; Shelby Knowles (Palo Alto) Jr. DS; Laura Chow (Homestead) Sr. libero; Meghan McDermott (Los Altos) So. OH; Avery McEvoy (Los Gatos) Jr. OPP; Taylor Ditzler (Los Gatos) Sr. MB; Beverly Yu (Monta Vista) So. OH; Serena Chew (Monta Vista) Jr. libero; Hayley Sturgeon (Mountain View) So. OPP
All-league teams are selected by the coaches