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League coaches recognize CV players
CV teammates fill the stat sheet
Hawk senior Angel Arellano earned second-team, all-WAC honors for his outstanding play this spring. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

A standout goalkeeper on Central Valley's varsity boys soccer team, Erik Martinez excelled while playing a second sport for the first time with the Hawks this spring.

Martinez and fellow Angel Arellano were recognized by the Western Athletic Conference varsity boys volleyball head coaches for their stellar play on May 1 in Los Banos.

"He (Erik) picked up everything quickly," Hawks' head coach Kelly Heese said. "That was impressive. He never stopped learning. I appreciate that."

Martinez was an honorable-mention selection.

He tallied 101 kills, 81 blocks, 59 digs, 29 aces and six assists.

"He's very intense, energetic and enthusiastic," Heese said. "He works hard. He's coachable. He's a well-rounded athlete. He gets the job done. He doesn't quit."

Erik will be a key member on Central Valley's boys volleyball team for the second consecutive season in 2019.

"I'm excited he's only a sophomore," Heese said. "He has two years left."

Senior Angel Arellano, a two-year varsity player with the Hawks, was selected to the WAC Second Team.

Arellano collected 227 digs, 150 kills, 63 blocks, 31 aces and seven assists.

"He was a team leader," Heese said. "He was confident and a strong athlete. He grew every year."

Angel was selected to the WAC First Team in varsity boys soccer during the winter.

Arellano, a senior utility player, contributed at defender, midfielder and forward.

He collected two goals.

A model student-athlete, Angel has a cumulative GPA of 4.5.

He's passed five out of six AP tests.

"He seemed to be able to balance it all," Heese said. "He's a great kid. He has a funny sense of humor."

Central Valley (4-6) tied for third place in the WAC standings with crosstown-rival Ceres High.

The Hawks compiled a 2-0 record against the Bulldogs.

Ceres High stormed back for a 3-2 (20-25, 20-25, 25-12, 28-26, 15-11) road victory on April 30 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

The Hawks pulled away for a 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 25-17) home win over the Bulldogs on April 12.

Ceres High won the previous five meetings dating back to 2016 season.