Wendy Alexander/The Madera Tribune
You can’t have one without the other for the Liberty Hawks girls volleyball team. Without the dominance of outside hitter Hannah Chase (ABOVE), the Hawks wouldn’t have their most successful season for a third straight season. However, Chase wouldn’t have been as dominant if it wasn’t for the steady and consistent work of setter Madie Devine (BELOW). They have been chosen as The Madera Tribune’s girls volleyball Co-Most Valuable Player.
Co-Most Valuable Players
Jr. OH Liberty
Chase has been one of the top players in the North Sequoia League since her freshman season. This year, she lifted her play to lead the Hawks to their best start in school history and their third straight appearance in the Central Section Div. IV semifinals. Chase is obviously the school’s leading hitter of all-time with the most kills in a season, game and career in school history. She was named the NSL’s Most Valuable Player this season and this is her second time on the All-Madera Tribune team.
Jr. Set Liberty
The Liberty Hawks wouldn’t have gone as far as they went without the steady play of setter Devine leading the offensive attack. She could have played it easy where all she had to do was set Chase, but she was able to move her attack around to keep other teams off balance. She was also adept at the 10-foot attack when passes kept her behind the line. She comes from a line of setters/volleyball players. Her sisters Danni and Sammi (Chowchilla’s head coach) each were setters and oldest sister Desirae was a defensive specialist. Devine was a first team All-NSL recipient for the second time and this is her third All-Madera Tribune honor.
Sr. Lib Madera
Once Carmona won the job as the libero last season, she didn’t let go. She got better and better the more time she saw on the court. She had a determination not to let a ball fall and was determined to help set up the offense. She is a two-time member of the All-Madera Tribune team and earned first team All-County/Metro Athletic Conference honors after earning second team honors last season.
Jr. MB Madera
Just wait until Page, just a junior realizes she can dominate a match. She started to become a consistent hitter for the Coyotes down the stretch and, teamed with Alyssa Burton, became a difficult block to get by in the middle. Page was a first team All-CMAC selection.
Sr. MB Madera
Burton finally realized her volleyball potential this season. She began to get more and more sets and was able to put down more and more kills. She occasionally got the crowd on its feet with a hard kill past the other team’s blocker. She was named second team All-CMAC.
Sr. OH Madera
When Brewer first started at Madera South High School, she thought she would play at the next level, but it was going to be on the basketball court. After four years on the volleyball court, Brewer realized her future is playing volleyball. She became a leader for the Stallions on and off the court. When she was on, the Stallions were rolling. She was a second team All-CMAC selection.
Sr. Set Madera South
Just for her to be on the court for the Stallions was a feat. Edelbacher suffers from a medical condition that gets her winded, but she was able to keep it under control to lead the Stallions team that needed another leader besides Brewer. She set up the offense and was the go-to player first-year head coach Travis McEowen needed.
Sr. MB Liberty
Her senior year was her coming out party for the Hawks. She was one of the tallest players on the team and started to play like it in the middle. One of the nicest players at Liberty, it was tough for head coach Brandon St. Lucia to get Herron on a mean streak. She earned second team All-NSL honors.
Sr. Opp Liberty
Despite missing the last quarter of the season with a knee injury, the importance of Richey could be felt most by her absence. When she was healthy, she was one of the team’s more reliable passers and servers while also being Devine’s second option on the attack. Despite her injury, she still helped the team by becoming a third coach on the bench and motivator. St. Lucia said with Richey healthy, there’s no doubt the Hawks would have played in the Valley Championship match.