Girls Volleyball: All-City Team Player of the Year Courtney Wong (top center) and first-team All-City members (clockwise from top right) Amorelle Applin, Maribel Matos, Emily Lim, Michelle Gajdka, Amanda Lee and Madision Murtagh. (Photos by Devin Chen and Doug Ko. Photo illustration by Josh Jalil Player of the Year Courtney Wong (top center) and first-team All-City members (clockwise from top right) Amorelle Applin, Maribel Matos, Emily Lim, Michelle Gajdka, Amanda Lee and Madision Murtagh. (Photos by Devin Chen and Doug Ko. Photo illustration by Josh Jalil

By Jeremy Balan

It may have been a relatively down year for City volleyball as a whole, but it wasn’t a down year for Sacred Heart Cathedral and that is reflected in the All-City girls volleyball team.

Headlining the list is the Player of the Year, Sacred Heart standout outside hitter Courtney Wong. The 5-foot-9 senior led the Irish in kills, but was also one of their best back-row defenders, along with first-team selection Amanda Lee, inarguably the best libero in San Francisco.

Rounding out the Irish selections are sophomore middle blockers Madison Murtagh (first team) and Kaitlyn Jochum (second team), senior setter Indira Arce (second team) and junior outside hitter Sarah Plett (third team), which all played significant roles in leading Sacred Heart to its ninth straight Central Coast Section championship game.

The rest of the selections are from all walks of San Francisco high schools.

Academic Athletic Association champion Lowell is well-represented, with kill leader Amorelle Applin a first-team middle blocker and senior outside hitter Emily Lim also a first-team selection. AAA Player of the Year Cynthia Ngan of Balboa is a second-team selection, while her setter, junior Maribel Matos, is the first-team setter. Matos may not be the best pure setter in The City, but is a dynamic serving threat and regularly had multiple aces in matches this season.

Small-school programs also make several appearances, with standout International freshman outside hitter Michelle Gajdka (first team), Drew senior Iris Qasevakatini (second team), Lick-Wilmerding senior setter Stacey Cheong (third team) and University sophomore middle blocker Jaelah Hutchison (third team).

Gajdka is the only freshman on the All-City team that isn’t an honorable mention and could be the favorite for next season’s Player of the Year award, not only for her talent, but for the dominating role she plays for the Jaguars. International set Gajdka at all locations on the court this season and she also is its best back-row defender. Player of the Year
Courtney Wong, senior outside hitter, Sacred Heart Cathedral

First Team
Amorelle Applin, junior middle blocker, Lowell
Michelle Gajdka, freshman outside hitter, International
Amanda Lee, senior libero, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Emily Lim, senior outside hitter, Lowell
Maribel Matos, junior setter, Balboa
Madision Murtagh, sophomore middle blocker, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Second Team
Indira Arce, senior setter, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Celeste Barker, junior middle blocker, St. Ignatius
Kaitlyn Jochum, sophomore middle blocker, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Cynthia Ngan, senior outside hitter, Balboa
Iris Qasevakatini, senior outside hitter, Drew
Melissa See, senior libero, Lowell

Third Team
Stacey Cheong, senior setter, Lick-Wilmerding
Rachel Garrison, senior libero, St. Ignatius
Jaelah Hutchison, sophomore middle blocker, University
Ada May, senior middle blocker, Mercy
Sarah Plett, junior outside hitter, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Katrina Samonte, sophomore outside hitter, St. Ignatius

Honorable Mention
Gianna Braganza, junior setter, Lowell
Jaela Caston, junior middle blocker, Lowell
Maggie Chen, senior outside hitter, Lincoln
Kassie Encinas, senior setter, International
Sofia Fors, senior outside hitter, International
Simone Froley, freshman outside hitter, Waldorf
Casey Garrett, junior outside hitter, St. Ignatius
Rebecca Green, junior outside hitter, Lick-Wilmerding
Rothanne Herico, senior setter, ICA
Simone House, freshman outside hitter, Washington
Alexandra Imperiale, sophomore libero, Bay
Sarah Jones, senior outside hitter, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Caroline Joost, senior outside hitter, University
Cat Keane, senior outside hitter, St. Ignatius
Michelle Lee, junior libero, Mercy
Paige Lerman, junior outside hitter, Jewish Community
Samantha Lui, junior outside hitter, Galileo
Rianna Menikheim, sophomore outside hitter, Lincoln
Hana Nakajima, junior setter, Convent
Jaqueline Ng, senior setter, Washington
Bianka Quintanilla-Whye, senior outside hitter, Convent
Leonida Radford, senior middle blocker, Mission
Katie Regalia, junior setter, Mission
Eileen Shi, sophomore outside hitter, Lowell
Emma Seslar, junior outside hitter, Mercy
Olivia Snipp, senior setter, Mercy
Jade Sparks, junior outside hitter, Lick-Wilmerding
Fiona Twiford, junior middle blocker, Bay
Victoria Verdan, senior libero, Drew
Alyssa Viscio, junior libero, Convent
Annie Wilson, senior middle blocker, Lick-Wilmerding
Alex Wood, sophomore middle blocker, Convent

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  1. Ari Gold says:

    So the POY Courtney Wong gets 1 sentence? I wonder what the POY for football (Stinn, Dale, or Waters) will get? 3 paragraphs? 7 paragraphs? Maybe a full page column? Thanks Jeremy for the SHC recognition. Much appreciated.

  2. bcl west says:

    Is boys soccer going to get a similar article?

  3. a football player says:

    When will we know the players who made All-City Football?

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