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Wednesday, Jan 15 2014 06:00 AM

THS Volleyball reels in All-SEYL; 10 Lady Warriors named among the best in league

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Samantha Wallace

Kim Smith

Kendall Kapitzke

Destiny Julye

Elayna Cramer

Brooklyn Cheney

It was a memorable season by all accounts for Lady Warriors volleyball, earning the school's first Yosemite League title in any sport en route to a CIF Division II championship appearance.

Tehachapi (32-4; 10-0 SEYL) finished the year with a national rank of 733 and a state rank of 106. They were also ranked 30th in the state among all California Division II teams and seventh overall in the Central Section.

Along the way, Tehachapi set new school records for most kills in a season (1185), most kills per set (11.9), kills percentage (45.3), hitting percentage (.313), assists (1,095) and assists per set (11.0).

Taking individual honors for the strong team performance was first team All-SEYL players Kim Smith, Samantha Wallace, Destiny Julye, Elayna Cramer, Kendall Kapitzke and Brooklynn Cheney.

Earning second team All-SEYL was Miranda Wert and honorable mention went to Kelsey Schoenberg, Maddie Orellana and Katie Neufeld.

Wert finished the year with 122 receptions, 58 digs and 13 assists, while Schoenberg had 157 receptions and 78 digs. Orellana had 10 aces, 83 digs, 103 assists and 104 receptions and Neufeld recorded 18 kills, seven aces, 40 digs and 67 receptions.

Below is a breakdown of all first team honorees for Tehachapi.

Kim Smith -- Senior

The three-time first team all-league player had an impressive season for the Warriors, leading the team in blocks (159) while also recording 181 kills and 38 aces. In three years on the varsity squad, Smith recorded a combined 608 kills, 490 blocks and 82 aces, helping the Lady Warriors to an 84-18 record. Smith was also selected as the most outstanding defensive player of the team and was selected as a senior all-star to represent the Central Section in the All-Valley Showcase in Clovis last month.

Samantha Wallace -- Senior

The talented senior was tops in the league in assists per set (9.8), recording an astounding 939 for the season along with 90 digs and 25 kills. Wallace earned her second straight first team All-SEYL selection and finishes her high school career with 1,970 assists, 179 aces and 179 digs in three seasons on the varsity squad. Wallace was also selected as most outstanding offensive player and was a south area senior all-star for the All-Valley Showcase.

Elayna Cramer -- Junior

Cramer ended her season as one of the top outside hitters in the central section, finishing with 282 kills, 69 aces, 44 digs and 41 blocks. The junior is a two-time All-SEYL selection, having also earned second team All-SEYL her sophomore year. Cramer also was honored at the team awards banquet with the coaches award and will be looked upon as one of the leaders for THS when they begin their run at a CIF title in 2014.

Destiny Julye -- Junior

The UCLA commit took the season by storm and emerged as the top player in Kern County by season's end. Julye led the league in kills (488) and also contributed with 88 digs, 45 blocks and 40 aces. Julye is a three-time all-league honoree, earning second team All-SEYL her sophomore season and first team All-SSL her freshman season. Considered to be one of the best athletes in THS history among all sports, Julye was also selected as the team's most valuable player.

Kendall Kapitzke -- Junior

Kapitzke is a first time selectee to the All-SEYL team, earning first team honors in a season that produced 85 digs, 70 kills, 44 blocks and 40 aces. Kapitzke was a pivotal part of Tehachapi's memorable season, coming through in important matches with eight digs in a 3-2 win over Garces and 12 digs in a crucial 3-2 match win over Independence in the CIF playoffs.

Brooklynn Cheney -- Freshman

Named as the SEYL rookie of the year, Cheney finished her season with 104 kills, 71 blocks and 38 aces. Cheney consistently provided dominating depth for the Warrior front court, finishing with seven kills in an important match with second place Highland in the first round of league games. Cheney, given the most improved award at the team banquet, is widely considered one of the top underclassmen players in Kern County and will be an important part of Tehachapi's title aspirations the next three years.

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