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By Jeremy Balan
SanFranPreps.com Player of the Week: Katherine Evers, junior outside hitter, University girls volleyball
Evers has led the University attack all season, but her impact may have been greatest in the past week.
Even though the Red Devils lost to Branson in the CIF-Central Coast Section Division V finals on Saturday, she had a team-high 13 kills and against Marin Academy in the semifinals on Wednesday, she led the way again with 14 kills.
University will begin action again on Tuesday, when the sixth-seeded Red Devils hit the road to face third-seeded Hamilton Union in the first round of the Division V state tournament.
“We’re looking forward to Tuesday’s game and going out there and trying our hardest,” Evers said after the loss to Branson on Saturday. “I don’t know who we’re going to play, but it doesn’t matter if we have the right attitude.”
Honorable Mention: Greg Warren, senior running back, Balboa
In Balboa’s upset of top-seeded Mission in the Academic Athletic Association semifinals on Thursday, Warren had his seventh 100-yard game of the season, rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
Warren has run for 1,512 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
Honorable Mention: Christina Lee, senior setter, St. Ignatius girls volleyball
In St. Ignatius’ run to its first-ever CIF-Central Coast Section Division III title, no single hitter stood out, and the Wildcats’ balanced and powerful attack can be attributed to the play of Lee.
Lee’s play was particularly stellar in the CCS final against rival Sacred Heart Cathedral, when she had a match-high 40 assists the the Wildcats’ three-game victory. She also had two kills and a match-high four aces.
“She just did an excellent job distributing the ball and that was huge for our offense,” said St. Ignatius head coach Lisa Becerra. “If the ball is always going to one spot, it’s easy to defend.”
The Wildcats continue play on Tuesday as the second seed in the NorCal bracket of the CIF Division III state tournament, where they will host seventh-seeded Union Mine of El Dorado.
Honorable Mention: Connor Mattoon, junior guard, Bay boys basketball
Mattoon almost single-handedly led the Breakers to overtime against visiting Bentley in their season opener on Friday.
He had a game-high 21 points and nine of those points came on three-point shots in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying shot with only seconds remaining.
“Ever since he’s been a freshman here, he’s been hitting big shots for us,” said Bay head coach Peter Overfelt. “He just stayed focused and played a really great game.”