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Dawgs garner high praise for contributions in volleyball
Ceres Highs Breanna Moreno garnered first-team all-Western Athletic Conference recogntion, along with fellow Bullldog Kendall Meyer. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity girls volleyball team experienced a remarkable turnaround this fall.

Breanna Moreno, Kendall Meyer, Madison Nash and Alyssa Stiles filled key roles as the Bulldogs posted a 9-6 record on their way to a runner-up finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings and qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Ceres High won just four matches in 2015.

Moreno, Meyer and Nash were recognized in a vote by the Western Athletic Conference's head coaches on Oct. 27 at Central Valley High School.

"Our team has grown so much over time and these young ladies and the rest of our team have played a huge role in that," Bulldogs second-year leader Darlene Tobler said. "I am just a coach that is lucky enough to have been able to coach these phenomenal young ladies and be part of their high school journey. I am beyond proud of all of them."

Moreno and Meyer were both selected to the WAC First Team.

Breanna tallied 249 digs.

Kendall collected 92 kills and 90 blocks.

Moreno and Meyer will graduate in June.

"They have both been in our volleyball program four years," Tobler said. "They have worked to improve not only themselves, but motivated our team to improve as a whole. They are amazing leaders and I have no doubt they will succeed in anything they do. I really can't imagine my team without them and I will miss them very much."

Nash, a junior, was named to the WAC Second Team.

She had 278 digs, 121 kills and 50 aces.

"Madison has been in our program for three years," Tobler said. "She has endless energy and always does her best to motivate our whole team. She is a great leader, hard worker and I'm so happy to have her for one more year."

Moreno, Meyer and Nash also excelled in the classroom.

"They all have over a 4.0 GPA and are outstanding student athletes," Tobler said.

Alyssa Stiles, a sophomore, received honorable-mention recognition.

She had 269 digs, 98 kills, 49 blocks and 30 aces.

"Alyssa did a wonderful job for me this year," Tobler said. "She always works hard, improves and stays positive. If you ever came to a game, you could hear her talking to her team the entire time on the court. I'm very excited to see how much growth she will continue to gain. She is a wonderful young lady, a great athlete and asset to me and my team. "