Devin Chen/Special to The S.F. ExaminerSacred Heart Cathedral’s Courtney Wong (21) led the Irish in kills and was one of the team’s top defenders.

Devin Chen/Special to The S.F. ExaminerSacred Heart Cathedral’s Courtney Wong (21) led the Irish in kills and was one of the team’s top defenders.

Sacred Heart Cathedral's Courtney Wong leads All-City girls' volleyball team

It may have been a relatively down year for city volleyball as a whole, but it wasn’t a down year for Sacred Heart Cathedral, and that is reflected in The San Francisco Examiner and SanFranPreps.com All-City girls’ volleyball team.

Headlining the list is the Player of the Year, Sacred Heart standout outside hitter Courtney Wong. The 5-foot-9 senior led the Irish in kills, but was also one of their best back-row defenders, along with first-team selection Amanda Lee, inarguably the best libero in San Francisco.

Rounding out the Irish selections are sophomore middle blockers Madison Murtagh (first team) and Kaitlyn Jochum (second team), senior setter Indira Arce and junior outside hitter Sarah Plett (third team), which all played significant roles in leading Sacred Heart to its ninth straight Central Coast Section championship game.

The rest of the selections are from all walks of San Francisco high schools.

Academic Athletic Association champion Lowell is well-represented, with kill leader Amorelle Applin a first-team middle blocker and senior Emily Lim also a first-team selection. AAA Player of the Year Cynthia Ngan of Balboa is a second-team selection, while her setter, junior Maribel Matos, is the first-team setter. Matos may not be the best pure setter in The City, but is a dynamic serving threat and regularly had multiple aces in matches this season.

Small-school programs also make several appearances, with standout International  freshman outside hitter Michelle Gajdka (first team), Drew senior Iris Qasevakatini (second team), Lick-Wilmerding senior setter Stacey Cheong (third team) and University sophomore middle blocker Jaelah Hutchison (third team).

Gajdka is the only freshman on the All-City team that isn’t an honorable mention and could be the favorite for next season’s Player of the Year award, not only for her talent, but for the dominating role she plays for the Jaguars. International set Gajdka at all locations on the court this season and she also is its best back-row defender.

 

The San Francisco Examiner-SanFranPreps.com All-City girls' volleyball team

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Courtney Wong, senior, outside hitter, Sacred Heart Cathedral

FIRST TEAM
Amorelle Applin, junior, middle blocker, Lowell
Michelle Gajdka, freshman, outside hitter, International
Amanda Lee, senior,
libero, SHC
Emily Lim, senior, outside hitter, Lowell
Maribel Matos, junior, setter, Balboa
Madison Murtagh, sophomore, middle blocker, SHC

SECOND TEAM
Indira Arce, senior, setter, SHC
Celeste Barker, junior, middle blocker, St. Ignatius
Kaitlyn Jochum, sophomore, middle blocker, SHC
Cynthia Ngan, senior, outside hitter, Balboa
Iris Qasevakatini, senior, outside hitter, Drew
Melissa See, senior libero, Lowell

THIRD TEAM
Stacey Cheong, senior, setter, Lick-Wilmerding
Rachel Garrison, senior, libero, St. Ignatius
Jaelah Hutchison, sophomore, middle blocker, University
Ada May, senior, middle blocker, Mercy
Sarah Plett, junior, outside hitter, SHC
Katrina Samonte, sophomore, outside hitter, St. Ignatius

HONORABLE MENTION
Gianna Braganza, junior, setter, Lowell; Jaela Caston, junior, middle blocker, Lowell; Maggie Chen, senior, outside hitter, Lincoln; Kassie Encinas, senior, setter, International; Sofia Fors, senior, outside hitter, International; Simone Froley, freshman, outside hitter, Waldorf; Casey Garrett, junior, outside hitter, St. Ignatius; Rebecca Green, junior, outside hitter, Lick-Wilmerding; Rothanne Herico, senior, setter, ICA; Simone House, freshman, outside hitter, Washington; Alexandra Imperiale, sophomore, libero, Bay; Sarah Jones, senior, outside hitter, SHC; Caroline Joost, senior, outside hitter, University; Cat Keane, senior, outside hitter, St. Ignatius; Michelle Lee, junior, libero, Mercy; Paige Lerman, junior, outside hitter, Jewish Community; Samantha Lui, junior, outside hitter, Galileo; Rianna Menikheim, sophomore, outside hitter, Lincoln; Hana Nakajima, junior, setter, Convent; Jaqueline Ng, senior, setter, Washington; Bianka Quintanilla-Whye, senior, outside hitter, Convent; Leonida Radford, senior, middle blocker, Mission; Katie Regalia, junior, setter, Mission; Eileen Shi, sophomore, outside hitter, Lowell; Mary Shepherd, senior, libero, St. Ignatius; Emma Seslar, junior, outside hitter, Mercy; Olivia Snipp, senior, setter, Mercy; Jade Sparks, junior, outside hitter, Lick-Wilmerding; Fiona Twiford, junior, middle blocker, Bay; Victoria Verdan, senior, libero, Drew; Alyssa Viscio, junior, libero, Convent; Annie Wilson, senior, middle blocker, Lick-Wilmerding; Alex Wood, sophomore, middle blocker, Convent

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