by Staff Nov 20, 2019

San Jose, CA – Last night Sophomore outside hitter Teresa Ochoa was named the 2019 Coast Conference South Division Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the coaches of the Coast Conference South.  The coaches vote was unanimous as Ochoa finished 14 points higher than the second-place finisher from De Anza.

Ochoa is the 5th time that a Ram has been named MVP and the third in the last four years to win the award. The previous winners include Evelyn Clonts ’18, Erica Chapa ’16, Sabina Gerard ’12 and Jamie Temperino in 2007. Ochoa finished 7th in the state with 404 kills, with a hitting percentage of .285. Last season, she was 2nd in MVP voting as well as being named as a 1st team All-Coast Conference selection.

Along with the title of MVP, Ochoa was named to 1st team All-Coast Conference South.  There were three other Rams that joined on that list, with all three being receiving the honor for the first time in their careers. First was sophomore outside hitter Flo Tukuaoga, who finished 3rd in the MVP voting. Tukuaoga had 305 kills to go with 30 blocks. Setter/opposite hitter Keona Stopper was the final sophomore to earn 1st team billing. Stopper had a great all-around season for the Rams as she compiled 451 assists which led the team, 103 kills, 290 digs, 30 aces and 18 blocks. The only freshman to earn 1st of 2nd team was Margo Clonts. The middle hitter had 227 kills and 41 blocks this past season. Margo is the youngest of the Clonts sisters, which include the fore mentioned Evelyn, and Jenna who was named 1st team All-Coast Conference back in 2017.

Two Rams were selected as 2nd team All-Coast Conference, Noel Chavarria and Melissa Zanotto.  A sophomore libero, Chavarria compiled 470 digs the most by any Rams this year and 36 aces also a team high. Chavarria joins her older sister Lex who also was a 2nd team all-conference selection in 2018. Zanotto is a sophomore setter who was second on the team with 355 assists, 146 digs and 28 service aces.