Ceres High’s Allison Stiles, Jada Harris and Jazmyne Arendt, and Central Valley’s Azalia Diaz all filled key roles while starring on their respective schools’ volleyball teams this season.
Stiles and Co. earned all-Western Athletic Conference South Division honors for their stellar play in a recent vote by the league’s head coaches.
Stiles, Harris and Arendt helped lead the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the league standings (2-2).
Stiles, Ceres High’s best all-round player, contributed at the varsity level for three-plus seasons.
She was voted the WAC South’s Most Valuable Setter during her final year with the Bulldogs.
Stiles accumulated 145 assists, 39 digs, 19 kills, 18 aces and two blocks.
“The hustle she puts into every game is something you rarely find in athletes these days. She has a great vibe about herself as well. She’s a one of a kind.”Ceres High head coach Kelly Heese on Allison Stiles
“The recognition is long overdue,” Ceres High head coach Kelly Heese said. “She makes things happen on the court. And she makes it look easy. The hustle she puts into every game is something you rarely find in athletes these days. She has a great vibe about herself as well. She’s a one of a kind.”
Harris, a sophomore middle blocker, totaled 45 kills, 24 blocks, three digs and two aces.
Arendt, a sophomore outside hitter, had 53 digs, 41 kills, 11 aces, three blocks and two assists.
“They’re very passionate about the sport,” Heese said. “Both of them are extremely coachable. They’re quick learners. They’re very athletic.”
“They’ve worked non-stop with me since August of last year,” she added. “They played club ball for me during the offseason.”
Diaz, a senior outside hitter, contributed at the varsity level for three seasons.
She had 35 kills, 19 aces, 14 digs and 10 assists during her final year with the Hawks.
“Azalia was extremely dedicated to the sport,” Central Valley head coach Regina Selfridge said. “She rarely came off the court.”
The Hawks (1-3) placed fourth in the WAC South standings.
Central Valley had a 1-1 record versus crosstown-rival Ceres High.
The Bulldogs won the first meeting, 3-0.
The Hawks exacted revenge with a 3-1 victory.