All-Star Volleyball game set for Sunday at Monrovia High

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

Twenty-seven seniors will take part in the second West San Gabriel Valley All-Star volleyball match, to be played Sunday at Monrovia High School.

Thirteen players will represent the Private schools team and 14 players will represent the Public schools team. The two teams represent two CIF-Southern Section finalist schools and five teams that won league titles.

There will also be an underclass game with 29 participants, representing five league champions.

The seniors will play best of five and the underclass athletes will play best of three. The senior Private school team won last year’s inaugural match.

Tiare Tuitama, who coached La Salle to the CIF-Southern Section championship match, will coach the Private seniors team. Longtime Arcadia coach Charles Freberg will coach the Public seniors.

Pasadena Poly also reached a CIF-SS championship match. The Panthers will be represented by outside hitter Alexis Genske. La Salle will be represented by setter Katherine Haderlein and middle blocker Diamond Ridley-Pierce.

Mayfield, which also made a playoff run, will be represented by defensive specialist Alex Arnett and middle blocker Carrie Morris. Rio Hondo Prep, which also made the playoffs, will have middle blocker Devanie Davis and libero Daniella Sanchez. Also representing the Prep League will be Flintridge Prep outside hitter Kate Woolley and opposite Julia Miller.

From Flintridge Sacred Heart will be setter Alessandra Orlandini and defensive specialist Jessica Martin. From Maranatha will be outside hitter Brooke Forrester and libero McKay Weiler.

Freberg coached the Apaches to second place in the Pacific League.

Monrovia coach Wayne Teng will assist him.

La Canada, San Gabriel and Gabrielino all won league titles and will have six players in the game.

From La Canada will be libero Catherine Horner an setter Kristie Shurie. From San Gabriel will be outside hitter Anarose Bui and setter Am Lau and from Gabrielino will be outside hitter Jessica La and setter Joann Chac.

Eight other players also made playoff appearances. Representing Monrovia will be outside hitter Felicia Beeman and opposite Noralia To’omalatai, from Arcadia will be outside hitter Brittney Le and setter Brittany Woo, from San Marino will be middle blocker Kathleen Sloan and opposite Andrea Yen and from Alhambra will be outside hitters Magan Chiang and Marisa Baltazar.

Mayfield coach Megan Rush, with help from assistant coach Deon Jones, will lead the underclass Private team.

There are eight juniors on the team. They include Maranatha’s Skylar McLeod and Lauren Holstein, Mayfield’s Josie Luck, Madeline Watkins and Maggie Dunn, Flintridge Prep’s Bryn McFadden, La Salle’s Riley Spriesterbach and Flintridge Sacred Heart’s Colleen Degnan.

Joining Spriesterbach are Lancers sophomore Caroline Knop and Haley DeSales, the lone freshman on the team. Joining the Tologs’ Degnan will be sophomore Katie Conley.

The other sophomores are Pasadena Poly’s Hannah Kaufman and Natalie Treister.

Teng will coach the Public underclass team. It will feature six juniors and six sophomores.

Arcadia’s Alexi Resch will be the lone freshman on the team.

Also on the team will be teammate Catherine Su, a junior; San Gabriel juniors Tiffany Ha and Jasmine Lau; Alhambra’s Taylor Warren; La Canada juniors Micaela Anderson and Kendall Walbrecht; San Marino juniors Amanda Yee and Felita Lin; Monrovia sophomores Kelsey Molnar and Kayla Howell; South Pasadena sophomores Claire Kieffer-Wright and Samantha Figueroa; and Gabrielino sophomores Michelle Vuong and Nahyma Castro.

The underclass game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and the seniors game at 6:45.

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