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Bulldog players rewarded for outstanding play
Garcia, Murry first-team picks
Bulldog Cristian Garcia earned first-team all-WAC honors for the second straight season. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High varsity boys volleyball team captains Cristian Garcia, Christian Murry and Jordan McGrath have been rewarded for their outstanding play.

Garcia and Murry were both selected to the Western Athletic Conference First Team.

McGrath earned second-team all-league honors.

The trio helped lead the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in the 2017 WAC standings (10-5).

"I am so very proud of my whole team and so honored to be their coach," Ceres High leader Darlene Tobler said. "They are a wonderful group of young men and student-athletes. We had a few obstacles along the way, but persevered through them all and came out stronger together as a team. I could not have asked for a better ending to this season. I already miss by boys."

"I was surprised with the growth I had as a player and the growth we had as a team," Garcia said. "She (Tobler) is the main reason why the season went so well."

Garcia, a 6-foot-7 junior, garnered first-team recognition for the second year in a row.

Cristian totaled 191 kills, 135 digs, 95 blocks and 19 aces this season.

"It's an absolute honor to be one of the top players in the league," Garcia said. "I dominated at the net. That's what set me apart from other players. I'm competitive in everything I do, no matter if I'm playing volleyball, basketball or video games. That's my nature."

Murry, a sophomore, was Ceres High's most-versatile player.

Christian had 463 digs, 141 kills, 42 assists, 40 aces and 19 blocks.

"He was a great asset to the team," Garcia said. "He did a great job passing, setting and hitting. He was a well-round player. I enjoyed having him as a teammate. He always brought energy to the table and made it fun."

McGrath, a second-year player, chipped in with 152 blocks, 104 digs, 77 kills and 18 aces during his final season with the Bulldogs.

Ceres High fielded its inaugural boys volleyball team in 2016.

The Bulldogs made history this year by qualifying for the postseason.

Ceres High posted a 20-10 overall record.

"It was a great experience," Garcia said. "Being a part of the first team to make the playoffs was the best part. Next year's team has the potential to be really good with the added experience we gained this year. We can win a league championship."