COACH OF THE YEAR
Heine is no stranger to hanging Sac-Joaquin Section banners in the rafters at Christian Brothers. But the work this season’s team put in to win the Division III championship made it one of the best years in her long career at the Oak Park campus. The Falcons were undefeated in the Capital Valley Conference and swept Vista del Lago in the section final for the program’s seventh title, fourth under Heine and first for CBS since winning the Division IV title in 2009. Heine credits the return of senior Iris Anderson, who missed her junior year because of a knee injury, as the key to the Falcons’ successful season that ended in a heartbreaking 16-14 fifth-set loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco in the Northern California Regional Division III semifinals. Heine also was The Bee’s Coach of the Year in 2007.
Anderson was the missing piece for the Falcons this season after sitting out her junior year with a knee injury. She was second on the team in digs (351) and kills (208).
Baytosh, who’s headed to Chico State, had 357 kills to lead the Troubadours to a second consecutive NorCal title match.
Bowman was the do-it-all catalyst for the Falcons; though just 5-foot-9, she played at the net and on the back line with precision and power.
Deters, a four-year starter who is headed to Concordia State in Irvine, led the state-champion Grizzlies with 440 kills.
Koumelis, who has committed to the University of Portland, led the Troubadours with 969 assists and was the vocal leader for St. Francis as it advanced to the NorCal Division I title match.
Mandon had 290 kills as the Thunder won the Division II section title; she will play for Point Loma Nazarene next season.
Pinkney, a three-year starter, led the Grizzlies with 17 kills in the state championship victory over Los Alamitos.
Nocetti, the Capital Athletic League MVP, led the Eagles with 246 kills despite missing 11 sets this season.
Elizabeth Dahlberg, El Camino; Libby Deters, Granite Bay; Maddie Graham, Placer; Chloe Hakim, St. Francis; Devin Herenda, El Camino; Brooke Hershberger, Granite Bay; Sara Hibbs, Bella Vista; Madison Hunziker, Rio Americano; Abby Jensen, Roseville; Kelly Krigger, Oak Ridge; Jayme-Lee Bulda, Christian Brothers; Samantha Shelton, Whitney; Megan Sullivan, St. Francis; Kayla Williams, Pleasant Grove
– Trevor Horn