Gilroy, CA- Four Gavilan women’s volleyball players have been announced as 1st Team All-Coast Conference members by the Coast Conference South head coaches. Sophomores Tazi Apple, Andreinna Castaneda, Karina Daniels and Sabina Gerard were among the 13 players given the honor.
For Gerard a setter from Redlands, this is the second time she has been given this honor. Last season’s Coast Conference South MVP, Gerard finished second in voting this year, behind Foothill’s Tori Carrol. This is not the only award she won this year. Gerard was also named as an All-NorCal Region selection by the CCCAAWVCA. There have been two other Rams that have received this award; however Gerard is the first Gavilan player to have won it twice. She is also one of five Rams that have twice been named 1st Team All-Coast Conference. Among her achievements this season, Gerard finished the regular season leading the state in assist with 908 and including the postseason she had 993. This is the most assists any Gavilan player has ever had in a single season, surpassing the previous record which she set in her freshmen campaign. She is leaving Gavilan as the all-time career assist leader 716 assist more than second place.
Daniels, the Rams libero from Gilroy, finished the season with 568 digs which puts her 6th in the state in that category. She also finished the year with 54 aces which places her 9th in the state. In relation to other Rams, no other player has served up as many aces in a season or a career. She leaves as the all-time leader in aces with 95 and has the first and second most aces in a season. Daniels dig total this season is more than any other Ram has ever had in a season. For her career she finishes with 827 digs which is good for second place in the Gavilan record book.
Apple,an outside hitter from San Jose, had 387 kills this season which is good for 9th in the state. That is the most kills in a season by any single player to wear the Gavilan jersey, surpassing the previous record which was set back in 2007. Adding her kill total as a freshman to this year, she has the most kills in a career a full 129 kills ahead of second place.
Castaneda a native of Modesto spent the last two years in the middle of the net for the Rams. She also leaves her mark in the Gavilan record book as the all-time leader in block for a career with 143, 20 more blocks than the next closes player. This season she finished with 78 good for 13th place in the state. It is also the most amount of blocks any Rams has ever gotten in a single season. While her 196 kills this season is not a record, but when one adds that amount to her total as a freshman, Castaneda sits in 6th place in the Gavilan Record book for kills in a career.
Gavilan finished the season with a 22-8 record, the most amount of wins by any Ram team. They also ended the year ranked 12th in the state and 6th in Nor-Cal in the final CCCAAWVCA State Poll and won their second straight Coast Conference South title.