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VOL’S BEST HONORED

Two Lancers, Sierra middle blocker named to first team

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VOL’S BEST HONORED

Brittany LaMar finished her fourth season playing at the varsity level being honored on the first-team all-VOL squad recently.

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POSTED November 20, 2010 2:59 a.m.
The Valley Oak League season saw the Sonora Wildcats and Oakdale Mustangs have their way along the schedule, but standout play from the other squads didn’t go unrecognized, as the VOL’s 2010 all-league team was recently announced.

Earning first-team all-VOL honors were Starla Beltran and Brittany Lamar from East Union High and Alysia Atkins of the Sierra Timberwolves. Beltran was honored after a solid junior season, in which the outside hitter played a key role in the Lancers’ Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff berth. Lamar excelled in her senior year, providing leadership and inspiration for East Union in her fourth season at the varsity level.

“LaMar is just an absolute outstanding remarkable young lady on and off the court,” East Union head coach Eryn Bowers said. “She has taken care of business in school and on the court.

“She truly is the definition of a scholar-athlete.”

Sierra, who extended its consecutive postseason appearance streak to seven, got season-long dominance from Atkins. The senior middle blocker was everything and more for the Timberwolves, igniting a Sierra push to close out the season, which landed them back in the postseason.

East Union’s Taylor Maruca and Lexy Posz both were awarded spots on the all-VOL second team, joining Chelsea Bereta (Sierra), Robyn Sison (Weston Ranch), Abigail Rosas (Manteca), Lacey Silva (Manteca), Dallas Mould (Manteca), Cecilia Lopez (Lathrop) and Janel Butler (Lathrop).

Lopez and Butler helped the Spartans post a few big wins in first-year head coach Nicole Unrein’s debut season, beating Weston Ranch, Kimball High and SJS playoff Sierra in league play. Butler will be an ample part of Unrein’s scheme next season as she returns for her senior year.

“She will probably come back as our setter, but with her stats it’s obvious she can play anywhere on the court,” Lathrop head coach Nicole Unrein said about Butler. “It is good knowing that she will be coming back, and just playing to her ability is all we ask.

“She is a great player; a great all-around player.”

East Union senior Morgan Hulsebusch was recognized with an honorable mention nod. VOL runner-up Oakdale landed four players on the first-team, including the VOL’s Most Valuable Player senior setter Jackee Lee. League champion Sonora High made up the remainder of the first team, landing three players and another on the second team.
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