Co-Players of the Year
McKenna Painton, sr, Centennial; Haylee Roberts, sr, Liberty
Painton, an outside hitter, and Roberts, a middle blocker, both were the unquestioned leaders of the best teams in Kern County and were co-Southwest Yosemite League MVPs. Painton, a Cal State Fullerton signee, used defense and a rocket right arm (4.2 kills/game) to win many points, and Roberts, who’s headed to Oregon, showed off hitting and blocking from the middle that was incredibly efficient (47.8 kill percentage).
Abby Campbell, jr, Centennial
Moved to middle blocker because the Golden Hawks had a hole there and excelled, making 2.9 kills/game and 32 blocks. Overcame a knee injury late in the year to play a key role in Centennial’s Division I section quarterfinal defeat of Frontier.
Taylor Harris, sr, Liberty
One of Liberty’s two setters, Harris averaged 5.2 assists a game and rotated around to give the SWYL champion Patriots a defensive presence (3.0 digs/game, 58 blocks) and another hitter (1.7 kills/game).
Hannah Henriksen, jr, Frontier
Athletic and tall, the 6-foot-4 Henriksen stepped into a major role for the Titans, who started the year 18-1. Henriksen flourished with 3.6 kills/game and 37 total blocks on the season.
Maddie Hubbell, sr, Liberty
Smallest player on the court was one of section’s best defender (6.4 digs/game, 26 serve-receive errors in 407 attempts) and one of its best servers (33 aces). Multiple college programs have interest.
Kayla Martin, sr, Independence
Kern County’s kill leader (6.2 kpg) for the second straight year, Martin was still efficient (42.9 kill percentage) for the Falcons, who took eventual Division II section champion Visalia-El Diamante to five sets in the D-II semifinals.
Kiki Robinson, sr, Liberty
The Sacred Heart University signee could do a little bit of everything. Pass (5.2 assists/game), hit (2.7 kills/game), serve (29 aces) and play defense (3.3 digs/game). A huge factor in Liberty’s run to the Division I section championship match.
Krista Rymer, sr, Frontier
Her 5.6 kills/game ranked second in Kern County and paced the Titans to a big season, including a late-season upset of Liberty in which Rymer had 23 kills and just one attacking error. She also had 34 kills in a close quarterfinal loss to Centennial.
Tatum Collatz, soph, Stockdale
Katie Cornford, sr, Frontier
Baylie Duncan, sr, Stockdale
Jacquelyn Johnson, jr, Ridgeview
Nikki Leonard, jr, Liberty
Keely Palla, sr, Garces
Kim Smith, jr, Tehachapi
Arvin: Crystal Rangel
Bakersfield: McKenzie Hernandez, Noelle Pardo, Olivia Porter, Sydney Sanguras, Amanda Schoene
Bakersfield Christian: Brookie Bell, Jayann DeHoog, Marissa Perry
Centennial: Maddie Black, Cassidy George, Savannah Smith, Tori Smith
Foothill: Jade Turner
Frazier Mountain: Faith Bedard, Angel McNeeley
Frontier: Shelby Frank, Sarah Harvey
Garces: Rachel Hoover, Lauren Mettler, C.J. West, Rachol West
Golden Valley: Tina Rodriguez
Highland: Baylee Brannan, Brea Lidgett
Independence: Ariel Aguirre, Emily Lopes
Liberty: Maddie DeMarco, Kourtney Grantz, Halle Harker, Tyler Herring
McFarland: Ariel Medina
Ridgeview: Brittany Brockman, Karina Rios, Haylie Wold
Stockdale: Lauren Cline, Layne Dillingham, Leslie Dolinar
Taft: Halle Neher
Tehachapi: Kayleigh Jarrett, Destiny Julye, Samantha Wallace