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Pride, Bulldogs earn All-league volleyball honors
Lauren Hamilton
Pitman senior Lauren Hamilton was named Offensive Player of the Year for the Central California Athletic League (Journal file photo).

The Pitman and Turlock volleyball teams dominated the Central California Athletic League’s postseason honors, with members of the Pride and Bulldogs taking four of the five most prestigious awards.

Junior Kaydence Bispo, of Downey, was named the league’s MVP. Other than that, it was a sweep by the Turlock schools.

Pitman senior Lauren Hamilton was named Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Payton Rowell, a junior, was the league’s Setter of the Year, and Turlock junior Lillie Miranda was the Defensive Player of the Year.

Pitman’s Kristen Pontes-Christian was tabbed the loop’s Coach of the Year.

Hamilton, a 6-foot, 2-inch middle blocker/hitter, helped the Pride to a 30-4 record and a berth in the Northern California regional tournament. She averaged eight kills and three blocks per game and had a hitting percentage of .455. Rowell, meanwhile, averaged 32 assists per game (11.2 per set) and eight digs per game.

All that production came under the guidance of Pontes-Christian, who won 30 games for the fourth time in her career and reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals for the fifth time. She has a career record of 342-150-2.

Miranda registered 283 digs (10 per game) and 36 ace serves for the Bulldogs, who finished the year 18-12 and reached the second round of the Division I playoffs.

Just as with the major awards, Pitman and Turlock dominated the first and second All-CCAL teams.

Senior Reese Carmona and junior Ella Sniezek of Pitman, along with seniors Katie Parker and Ella Spaulding of Turlock were first-team honorees.

Rounding out the first-team were senior Kylie Griffin of Downey and senior Kendall Lininger of Enochs.

Pitman junior Madison Eissayou and freshman Maryn Hall were named to the second team, as were Turlock senior Ella Bernard and junior Nikkie Miranda.

Downey senior Cat Frias and Enochs senior Daniella Hakimi also were selected to the second team.

Honorable mentions included seniors Alexia Longacre and Ashley Pannell of Turlock, junior Addison Allan of Downey, senior Lexie Hall of Enochs, senior Ella Cook of Gregori and senior Dasia Ngoun of Modesto.