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Manteca’s Steckler, Sierra’s Huynh get top Valley Oak League honors
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Manteca’s Camden Steckler fires a spike in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoff match against Elk Grove. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Manteca, Sierra and East Union enjoyed a successful season, and it was reflected in all-league voting.

Camden Steckler was named MVP of the Valley Oak League after leading Manteca to its third title, and Sierra’s Brian Huynh is Most Outstanding. Each team has three all-league first-team selections,

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Bryan Huynh sets the ball for Sierra in a Valley Oak League contest against visiting Manteca. - photo by WAYNE THALANDER
while third-place East Union wound up with two.

A 6-foot-4 middle, Steckler recently earned honorable mention on the inaugural All-Sac-Joaquin Section Team. The junior was among the top hitters in the SJS, finishing with 215 kills (3.8 per set) for the Buffaloes (10-0 VOL, 17-7 overall). He was also the team’s leading blocker with 57 (27 solo) to go with 140 digs.

Manteca was placed in the competitive Division II bracket for the SJS playoffs, reaching the second round. Joining Steckler on the All-VOL first team were seniors Jon Rosas and Angel Rodriguez. Setter Rosas amassed 552 assists (8.1 per set), 182 digs and 32 aces. Outside hitter Rodriguez doled out 172 kills (2.5 per set) and a team-high 232 digs.

Sierra (8-2, 12-6) had its best season and made the playoffs for the first time, defeating Ripon in a five-game, comeback thriller. The Timberwolves’ versatile senior setter led the way, as Huyhn tallied 89 kills, 18 blocks and 39 aces.

Junior outside hitter David Caamano and junior libero Austin Kim also made the all-league first team for Sierra. Caamano had 81 kills and 27 assists. Kim was the T’wolves’ dig leader with 77.

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East Union middle Nate Rodriguez spikes the ball against Lathrop in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III semifinal. - photo by WAYNE THALANDER
Representing East Union (5-5, 12-10) on the all-league team are senior middle blocker Nate Rodriguez and senior setter Jyruz Faustorilla. Rodriguez produced 96 kills and 26 blocks, while Faustorilla had 136 assists and 21 aces.

The Lancers made a stunning run to the SJS Division III semifinals, where they were swept by top-seeded Lathrop. As the No. 13 seed, they knocked off Trans-Valley League champion Livingston and Golden Empire League champion Dixon in the first two rounds.

Weston Ranch (5-5, 11-13) has one all-league selection in sophomore outside hitter Abraham Palacios. He registered 166 kills and 43 aces, both team highs.

Also from Weston Ranch, senior middle blocker Marcos Arriaza and setter Eleazar Nava made the second team. Manteca junior middle Nicholas Grabowski and senior libero Daniel Pedroza are also on the second team along with East Union sophomore outside hitter Jai Aquino.

Braulio Reyes (East Union), Micah Crawford (Manteca), Noel Ruezga (Sierra) and Amari Dacus (Weston Ranch) earned honorable mention.