Quartz Hill girls volleyball

MEGAN WIDICK/Special to the Valley Press

Top player — Quartz Hill girls volleyball player Amaya Smith was named the Golden League Player of the Year as well as the CIF Division 4 Player of the Year, following the Rebels’ CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship title.

Quartz Hill senior Amaya Smith was named the Golden League Girls Volleyball MVP and the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Player of the Year for this season.

Smith was one of five Quartz Hill players honored on the all-Golden League team.

The Rebels won their first CIF championship, beating Pasadena Poly in three sets in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Championship match on Nov. 3 and advanced to the CIF State Division 2 Southern Regional Championship.

Quartz Hill (39-7) was one win away from playing in the State Championship, but lost to Village Christian in three sets on Nov. 13. Village Christian won the State Division 2 Championship.

Quartz Hill senior middle blocker Melody Paige and senior setter Melina Lee were also named to the all-CIF-Southern Section Division 4 team and Quartz Hill coach David Gutierrez was named the Division 4 Coach of the Year.

Quartz Hill was finally able to break through in the postseason after advancing to the semifinals of the playoffs the previous four seasons.

The Rebels won eight consecutive postseason matches to win the Southern Section championship and advanced past the second round of the State playoffs for the first time.

Quartz Hill also finished undefeated in the Golden League for the third consecutive season, finishing league play without losing a set this season.

Lee was also named to the all-Golden League first team, along with senior teammates Christin Sheppard and Leilani Hallman. Paige received honorable mention to the all-Golden League team.

Lancaster, which finished second in the Golden League, had four players honored.

Lancaster seniors Tara Volack, Leah Frederick and Shaylee Prelewicz. Senior Cecillia Giovannini received honorable mention.

Volack was also named to the all-CIF Southern Section Division 7 team, as the Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals, losing to eventual runner-up Nordoff in three sets.

Rounding out the all-Golden League first team are Knight junior Paola Sanchez, Knight senior Britney Nunley, Littlerock seniors Kristen Dickerson and Jalena Maldonado, Highland seniors Raquel Valdovinos and Jocelyn Carrillo, Palmdale senior Mariana Segura, Eastside senior Skylar Blankenship and Antelope Valley senior Jaqueline Carvajal.

Other players receiving honorable mention were Knight senior Emily Altamirano, Littlerock senior Yesenia Hernandez, Highland junior April Gonzales, Palmdale junior Natalie Salamanca, Eastside senior Alejanera Ceja and Antelope Valley junior Alona Chapman.

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