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WAC, CCC recognize top players
Yoshi Kumar and Guillermo Garibay
Central Valley’s Yoshi Kumar and Guillermo Garibay garnered recognition during the Central California Conference year-end head coaches’ meeting. - photo by DALE BUTLER/ Courier file photo

Central Valley’s Yoshi Kumar, Bernardo Pulido and Guillermo Garibay and Ceres High’s Yair Munoz and Ethan Oiterong filled key roles on their respective teams during the 2022 boys volleyball season.

Kumar, Pulido, Garibay, Munoz and Oiterong were celebrated during season-ending league head coaches’ meetings.

The Hawks and Bulldogs placed sixth and last in the Central California Conference and Western Athletic Conference, respectively, this spring.

Kumar, a two-year standout with Central Valley, was named to the CCC First Team.

The senior outside hitter had 288 kills, 170 digs, 31 aces, 18 assists and 11 blocks.

“It was a pleasure to get to coach him,” Hawks’ head coach Donald Dudley said. “He was always trying to figure out how to get himself and team better. Great work ethic and leadership. He helped others around him. He was the coach on the court.”

Kumar earned first-team all-CCC accolades as a freshman.

Central Valley didn’t field boys volleyball teams during his junior and sophomore years due to a lack of interest.

Munoz, a senior outside hitter/setter, was named to the WAC First Team.

Pulido, a senior utility player, and Oiterong, a junior outside hitter, were both honorable-mention picks.

Pulido had 155 digs, 58 assists, 15 kills, five aces and one block.

“He was our Swiss Army knife,” Dudley said. “He played every position for us. He was reliable.”

Garibay, a senior setter, was selected to the CCC Sportsmanship Team.

He had 165 assists, 147 digs, 38 kills, 19 aces and three blocks.

“He was the glue to our offense,” Dudley said. “He always had a great attitude.”