Cinnamon Sary, a Newport Harbor High incoming senior, has been selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. High School Under Armour All-American watch list for the upcoming girls' volleyball season.
Sary, who has verbally committed to USC, was among 646 players from 38 states named to the watch list, which serves as the starting point for the Under Armour All-American selection process.
Sary is the only Newport-Mesa player on the AVCA All-American watch list. The outside hitter was named to the Daily Pilot Dream Team the past two years as a setter. Last year, she led the Sailors (22-13, 7-3 in the Sunset League) with 774 assists and 120 blocks and finished with 230 kills, 176 digs and eight service aces.
She earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I-AA honors, as well as first-team All-Sunset League recognition.
In July, Sary led the Orange County Volleyball Club 17 Blue team to the 17s national division title in the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships.
Sary was named MVP after helping OCVC to an 11-0 record in the tournament formerly known as the JuniorOlympics.
In November, the AVCA will name 48 players as Under Armour All-Americans, with 24 players being selected to both a first team and a second team. Each of the 24 players on the first team will be invited to play in the Under Armour All-American Volleyball Match & Skills Competition. The event will be held Dec. 16 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA annual convention.
For information on the Under Armour Girls' High School All-American volleyball awards program, visit http://www.avca.org/awards/all-america/high-school/.
— From staff reports
Locals lead USA
Newport Harbor High product Leah Robertson scored twice Thursday as the United States women's water polo World University Games team defeated Great Britain, 11-8, in Shenzhen, China.
CdM Aquatics assistant coach Stephanie Schnugg added a goal for Team USA, which will play Italy in the semifinals of the tournament.
Schnugg and Robertson, who was a three-time All-American at the University of Michigan, helped the Americans rally from a 4-2 deficit to Great Britain after a quarter.
—From staff reports
'Eaters singled out
UC Irvine seniors CoCo Goodson and Andrew Fontein have both been named candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's and men's soccer, respectively.
Goodson, a defender, was a first-team All-American in 2010, helping lead the Anteaters to the Big West Conference regular-season title, a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16, and a 19-3-2 record. She scored nine goals, including five game-winners and was the Big West Defensive Player of the Year.
Fontein, a second-team All-Big West goalkeeper in 2010, helped UCI win the Big West regular-season title last season, when it finished 14-3-3. He had 11 shutouts and an 0.59 goals-against average, both school single-season records. He has 20 shutouts in his career.
Both athletes are among 30 candidates for the award. The field will be narrowed to 10 finalists, who will be placed on a ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan voting will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the winner.
— From staff reports