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).

First team

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.

Second team

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

Honorable mention

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