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Rebecca Thomson named Valley Oak League MVP
Fourth-year senior helped set new standard for Sierra girls volleyball
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Rebecca Thomson (2) sets the ball as Sierra teammate Elaina Threet gets ready to hit. - photo by Wayne Thallander

Sierra had its best season in program history this fall, and at the center of it was fourth-year setter Rebecca Thomson.

She has been named MVP in the Valley Oak League after leading the Timberwolves (10-0, 24-5 overall) to their first-ever league championship. They also went on to host and win a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff match for the first time before falling to reigning Division III champion Lincoln of Placer County in the quarterfinals.

Also making all-league from the Timberwolves were libero Jenna Dalen and outside hitter Zoe Kossart. Senior middle Elaina Threet was voted onto the

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Manteca’s Courtney Washburn (24) rises above the net to set up the block against Sierra’s Zoe Kossart (8). - photo by SEAN KAHLER
second team, and sophomore outside hitter Sophia Marian earned honorable mention.

Outside hitter Emily Meyer of runner-up Oakdale (8-2, 19-13) received Most Outstanding.

Thomson is a three-time all-league honoree after getting a first-team spot last year and second-team spot as a freshman. The league did not have postseason awards during the 2020 COVID season.

She was an all-around contributor for her team, even as its lone setter. Thomson led them with 524 assists (7.8 per set) in the regular season to go with 78 kills, 11 blocks, 63 aces and 160 digs.

Some of her best moments came against stiffer competition. In Sierra’s thrilling five-set victory at then-reigning co-champion Central Catholic, she produced 50 assists and 22 digs — both season-highs. Two weeks later, she amassed 47 assists, 22 digs and six aces in a four-set win over Manteca. Thomson also had a season-best nine kills and 33 assists in a four-set win against Oakdale.

Kossart enjoyed a breakout campaign as Sierra’s six-rotation standout. The 5-foot-9

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Sierra libero Jenna Dalen (4) makes the pass in front of teammate Elaina Threet (7). - photo by SEAN KAHLER
junior paced Sierra with 262 kills (4.0 per set) and 65 aces. She was also third on the team with 141 digs. Dalen, a senior, was the dig leader with 225. Threet contributed 80 kills, 36 aces, 27 blocks and 33 digs.

Senior middle Courtney Washburn and junior outside Michaela Singh represent Manteca (4-6, 17-13) on the All-VOL first team. The 6-foot-1 Washburn led the Buffaloes with 245 kills and 72 blocks. Singh netted 201 kills, 47 aces, 23 blocks and 118 digs.

Second-team selection Nicole Ayala emerged as Manteca’s top defensive specialist. The sophomore finished atop the team’s dig list with 325. Senior middle Carsyn Van Zant made honorable mention.

East Union (0-10, 8-18) has two second-team players in senior defensive specialist Isabel Israel (170 digs) and junior middle Mariela Navarro (106 kills, 73 blocks). Versatile sophomore Meritiana Luani, a first-team selection last year, earned honorable mention.