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All-Daily Journal Volleyball Team 2013
December 25, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

All-Area Team


Player of the Year – Christine Alftin, Woodside

Coach of the Year – Kyle Mashima, Woodside


Starting Lineup


Outside Hitter – Pauli King, Menlo-Atherton – King is one of the most complete players in the PAL. A tremendous defender who plays all six rotations, the senior is at her best when attacking from the left side. Her court vision and ability to change speeds makes her the Bears’ most dangerous weapon. She is set to play at Princeton next season.


Middle Hitter – Morgan Dressel, Menlo – Dressel owns one of the most athletic frames of any middle hitter in the county. The senior is a fierce defender at the net, averaging .95 blocks per set this season. And her surefire offense makes her a double threat, leading all Menlo attackers with a 45.6 overall kill percentage. 


Opposite Hitter – Joy Robinson, Sequoia – As a southpaw, Robinson is tailor made for the right side. The senior is a strong and accurate attacker for either side who generated a .360 hitting percentage this season. As a team captain, her presence on the court is a game-changer, and was a major factor in the Cherokees finishing with a 25-7 overall record. 


Defensive Specialist – Maddie Huber, Menlo – Huber will join M-A’s Pauli King at Princeton next season, and figures to make an impact on defense. The senior was a serious back-row defender this season, tabbing 3.1 digs per set with a mere 7.4 error percentage. She is also an explosive attacker with tremendous hang time who paced Menlo with 306 kills.


Defensive Specialist – Dani Walsh, Woodside – Walsh is a dynamic presence on the court even when paired with PAL MVP Christine Alftin. The senior is a strong hitter who reads defenses well, and also uses her vision to verbally cue other attackers. She demonstrates flawless back-row play at times as both a good defender and a superb passer.


Setter – Amelia Tupou, Carlmont – Take your pick of setter between Tupou, Burlingame’s Isabell Walker, and Woodside’s Haili Hoeft. Tupou gets the nod because she is a smooth and seamless presence who gets the most out of an assortment of attack styles.


Libero – Melissa Cairo, Menlo – It’s a toss-up between Cairo and teammate Maddie Huber as to who is the best defender in the county this season. The senior totaled 523 digs this season at a rate of 5.2 digs per set. She is also a human highlight reel who leadership-wise helped navigate Menlo to its fifth all-time Nor Cal championship.



Opposite Hitter – Lida Vandermeer, Menlo – Towering height, dominant reach, and ranked second among Menlo attackers with 286 kills.


Defensive Specialist – Virginia Lane, Menlo-Atherton – Top libero in the PAL who makes dynamic defense look easy.


Middle Blocker – Sifa Faaiu, South San Francisco – One of the best blocking teams in the PAL, South City had three dynamite defenders at net, but Faaiu was by far the steadiest, and was second among the league’s middles with 3.5 kills per set.


Outside Hitter – Ali Vidali, Terra Nova – Long limbs and tremendous strength make the junior an attacking force to be reckoned with.


Setter – Isabell Walker, Burlingame – Could run a mean 6-2 lineup along with Tupou. Walker is a charismatic presence who covers ground well and is one of the best servers in the PAL.



Tags: menlo, season, hitter, senior, defender, presence,

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