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Rio Hondo touts two MVPs

Volleyball: San Marino's Yee and La Cañada's Anderson share league's highest honor.

December 16, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
(Libby Cline Special…)

It wasn't possible for the Rio Hondo League girls' volleyball coaches to pick just one most valuable player this season.

The coaches walked away from the All-Rio Hondo League team meeting with two most valuable players — San Marino's Amanda Yee and Micaela Anderson of La Cañada.

Anderson took home a share of the honor after serving as an outside hitter and pillar in the Spartans' high-powered offense that dominated the league again this season, while Yee was also the leading offensive force for the Titans at setter.

Anderson missed the first five matches of the season with a sprained ankle and her absence was notable. She returned to finish her junior year with 309 kills, 61 digs, 50 aces and 11 blocks.

"I noticed a big difference in her when she came back," La Cañada Coach Brock Turner said. "She brought some energy inside the huddle during games. She's got that leadership on and off the court you look for in a captain."

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Yee, a junior, had a team-high 404 assists, 71 digs, 46 kills, 30 aces and 19 blocks, according to the team's Maxpreps.com site. She also helped the Titans post a 21-6, 7-3 in league record and earn a 3-1 victory over Apple Valley in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs with 35 assists and 13 digs.

San Marino was kicked out in the second round of the Division II-AA playoffs, along with the Spartans, who finished with a 22-11 (10-0) record. South Pasadena finished third in league behind San Marino with a 16-8, 6-4, record.

La Cañada had three players — Kirstie Shurie, Kendall Walbrecht and Catherine Horner — earn first-team honors.

Joey Phan and Kathleen Sloan of San Marino and South Pasadena's Claire Kieffer-Wright also got first-team nods.

Kieffer-Wright averaged a team-high 15 kills a match in the middle for the Tigers, according to South Pasadena Coach Ben Diaz.

"She was our big playmaker," Diaz said. "There weren't too many teams that could stop her. She is one of the top players in the area. She's a power player and will hopefully be unstoppable next year."

Shurie was perhaps the most integral part to La Cañada's success this year. The senior setter finished the year with 965 assists, 176 digs, 34 aces and 25 kills.

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