Manteca middle Camden Steckler has repeated as Valley Oak League MVP, and outside hitter David Caamano earned Most Outstanding Player for first-time champion Sierra.
The two rivals split the title this season and are well represented on the all-league team. It’s the second straight championship for Steckler and the Buffaloes (9-1 VOL, 20-9 overall).
The 6-foot-4 middle blocker is the first from his program to sign with a four-year college out of high school, as he is headed to University of Jamestown. He was recently named to the All-Sac-Joaquin Section Team for the second straight year, getting honorable mention.
Steckler ranked among the top players in the Section in multiple front-row categories, but he takes pride in being a six-rotation player. He finished at or near the top of the league in most categories, racking up 103 kills (3.8 per set), 32 blocks, 82 digs and 13 service aces. Overall, he tallied 308 kills (3.7 per set), 95 blocks and 236 digs overall, 95 blocks, 43 aces and 236 digs — all team-highs.
Caamano was an all-around producer for the Timberwolves, (9-1, 18-9) who notched their first postseason win in program history. He led them with 90 kills (2.9 per set) in league matches, along with 16 blocks, 11 aces, and 66 digs. Overall, he finished with 212 kills (2.5 kills), 33 blocks, 28 aces and 119 digs.
Both clubs had three All-VOL first-team selections.
Making the for Manteca are junior outside hitters Julio Mateo (66 kills, and Garrison Reis (27 kills, 69 digs) and junior libero Cedrick Maglinao (68 digs, 10 aces).
Sierra first-team selections are junior middle Owen Altadonna (76 kills, 24 blocks, 16 aces), senior libero Austin Kim (105 digs) and junior setter Primo Estandarte (197 assists, 45 digs, 20 aces, 34 kills, 10 blocks).
Fourth-place East Union (5-6, 12-17) missed out on a second consecutive playoff berth, dropping a tiebreaking match to Kimball at the end of the regular season. The Lancers did have one player make the all-league first team in senior right-side hitter/setter Braulio Reyes (67 kills, 50 assists).
Manteca senior middle Nick Grabowski and sophomore setter Marc Bondoc are on the second team, along with Sierra junior outside hitter Santino Flores.
East Union’s Cash Galvez, Manteca’s Manny Ramirez and Sierra’s Xavier Gaspar made honorable mention.