Co-Most Valuable Players
Justine Williams, Madera South Senior, OH-MB
Resume: Justine Williams was a stud for the Madera South girls volleyball team when she stepped onto the volleyball court four years ago. She helped lead the Stallions to the school’s first-ever girls volleyball Valley Championship. She graduates as the school’s career and single-season record holder in kills, blocks and aces. She missed two weeks with a shoulder injury, but came back just as strong, helping lead the Stallions to a 7-3 record in their first year in the County-Metro Athletic Conference and a second place finish. She received her fourth straight first team All-League honors. After three straight in the North Yosemite League, she was named first team All-CMAC.
Brielle Hefner, Madera Sophomore, MB-Set
Resume: A year after leading the Madera Coyote girls volleyball team to a Valley Championship, Brielle Hefner has already made her name as a dominant player… and she still has two more years. Madera head coach Robyn Keune needed help setting so why not go to her best player and utilize her in the back row as a setter. The Coyotes were in first place in the CMAC when she went down with an injury. She came back to help the Coyotes beat the Stallions in the last game of the year and finish the CMAC tied with Madera South for second with a 7-3 league record. She was named to her second first team All-CMAC team.
Coach of the Year
Nate Perez, Madera South
Resume: It’s not easy taking over for a coach that has built a program from the ground up into a consistent power in the Central Section. That’s what Perez had in front of him, taking over for Andrea Devine, who led the Stallions to four-straight NYL championships and a Central Section championship. It wasn’t so easy for Perez in his first year. First, he lost his best player, Williams, for two weeks. Then, he lost his libero, Edith Horta, to a school-related issue. He also had Tanya Shinen, Alyssa Benavidez and Lilly Martinez go down with injuries. All the while, he kept the ship upright for a second place finish at the CMAC.
Rest of the team
Erin Drew, Madera Soph., outside hitter
Resume: Drew combines with Hefner to make Madera one of the best teams in the Central Section and give the Coyotes a 1-2 punch for the next two years. She was the other hitter who took advantage when teams concentrate too much on Hefner. She was named to the first team All-CMAC...