Whether it was on right side, the left, or out of the back row, Anika Wilson was a point maker for the San Marcos girls volleyball team.
Wilson’s fiery play and leadership led San Marcos to a share of the title in very competitive Channel League title and sparked the Royals to the quarterfinals of the CIF 1-A playoffs.
Presidio Sports is pleased honor Wilson as the Most Valuable Player on the All-City Girls Volleyball team.
Eight players were chosen to the elite squad. They were selected for their outstanding play and their impact in matches.
Wilson was an impact player all season for the Royals. The senior put away 209 kills on a .290 hitting percentage, had 141 digs and served 18 aces.
“Anika was our go-to player this season,” San Marcos coach Erica Menzel Downing said of the three-year varsity starter. “She led our team in all areas of stats almost every game.”
Anika’s importance to the team was never more evident than during the time when starter Chloe Allen was sidelined with an injury.
“Anika filled (Chloe’s) outside position (on the left pin) perfectly,” Downing said. “She never asked questions and would play any position we asked her to play.
“Anika has had a wonderful high school career,” Downing added. “I am excited to see her success at the next level, playing sand volleyball at Pepperdine.”
Wilson signed a National Letter of Intent to play sand volleyball for the Waves. She holds a “AAA” rating on the beach.
PRESIDIO SPORTS’ ALL-CITY VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Gabi Peoples, Soph. San Marcos: A tremendous athlete, Peoples played with incredible passion and energy. She had 571 assists, 87 digs and 16 service aces. “She is a competitor that plays with a lot of emotion,” Downing said. “She is someone that doesn’t like to lose. She is very athletic with a very bright future.”
Emily Allen, Sr. San Marcos: Allen came on strong down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs. The UC Davis signee had 150 kills, 137 digs and 12 aces. “Emily was our captain,” said Downing. “She made tremendous strides after her ACL injury in the spring of her sophomore year. She came back stronger physically and mentally.”
McKenna Goss, Sr. Dos Pueblos: The Boston College-bound Goss was an offensive powerhouse for the Chargers. She led the area with 602 kills, had 52 blocks, 58 aces and a passing average of 2.1 “She can do it all,” said DP coach Todd Garrett. “Her team respects her and the effort she puts in every time she is on the court. I appreciate her love for the game and her jovial attitude. It demonstrates how she appreciates what she has been given and her zest for life.”
Hannah White, Sr. Laguna Blanca: A four-year varsity player and three-year starter for the Owls, White was a reliable player on the court. “She did an amazing job as our captain and leader this year,” coach Jim Alzina said. “She was one of our best passers, often one of our kill leaders and was willing to do what ever it took to get our team the victory.”
Lexi Rottman, Sr. Santa Barbara: Rottman was more than strong setter for the Dons. She could take over a match with her serve, defense and net play. “Often times the shortest or one of the shortest players on the court, her defense, setting, and overall court sense allowed her to be the most impactful player on the court,” coach John Gannon said. “Her ability to distribute the volleyball helped us run one of the most balanced attacks in the league.”
Dane Miller, Sr. Santa Barbara: The Dons’ libero finished her high school career in spectacular fashion. She was fearless against big hitters. “Dane could take over a match by consistently digging the hardest hits from the opposing team,” Gannon said. “Her defense during the second half of the season helped us win league. Dane also was our strongest passer and most consistent server.”
Lourda Weger, Jr. Santa Barbara: Weger was Santa Barbara’s most consistent player. If the Dons needed a sideout, she delivered. “She was able to step in and set for three of our league matches, and posted a very rare triple-double (17 kills, 18 assists, and 11 digs) against Buena High, in a match that put a halt to a two-match losing streak,” Gannon said. “She is also one of the strongest students I have ever coached.”
Peyton Shelburne, Jr. Cate: Shelburne was a force all over the court for the CIF-champion Rams. She amassed 199 kills, served 59 aces, picked up 155 digs, had 12 blocks and posted a passing average of 2.08. “We are fortunate to have her on the court for all six rotations and to have her in the program for one more year,” said coach Greg Novak.