Whitford named MVP

Sage Hill School junior outside hitter Kekai Whitford has been named the Academy League MVP after the girls' volleyball program reached unprecedented heights this season.

Whitford, along with first-team members, junior outside hitter Halland McKenna and junior setter Maddy Abbott, led Sage Hill (28-6, 11-1) to a share of the league title, a CIF Southern Section Division 3A title, and its first CIF State Southern California Regional Division III finals appearance.

The trio played key roles to Sage Hill making its third straight trip to the section finals and winning it for the second time during the stretch. Sage Hill has split two of the last three league crowns.

Whitford totaled 424 kills, 350 digs and 84 service aces.

McKenna, a three-time first-team selection, finished with 377 kills, 342 digs and 73 aces.

Abbott amassed 920 assists and 70 aces.

Sage Hill senior libero Allie Mowrey and senior middle blocker Juliette Singarella each made the second team.

Sage Hill senior libero Claudia Noto was an honorable mention.

— From staff reports

CdM's Hodson PCL MVP

Corona del Mar High junior outside hitter Hayley Hodson earned the Pacific Coast League MVP award for leading a young girls' volleyball team to a league title and the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs.

Hodson is on the first team with two CdM teammates, senior opposite Jules Pouch and junior outside hitter Katie Craig. The trio helped the Sea Kings (25-6, 10-0 in league) win their eighth league championship in a row.

Hodson, a two-time first-team pick, finished with 407 kills and a .356 hitting percentage. She averaged 5.2 kills per set.

Pouch had 135 kills and a .232 hitting percentage.

Craig recorded 193 kills.

Corona del Mar junior setter Paige Migliori and sophomore setter Jessie Harris are both second-team selections.

— From staff reports