By DANIEL ARCHULETA
SAMOHI It’s safe to say that it has been a good year for Samohi boys’ volleyball.
First the team from Santa Monica High School won the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 title last month, now it’s cleaning up with postseason awards.
Senior middle blocker Julian Hess was named Ocean League Most Valuable player, while senior outside hitter Charles Levy was named Most Outstanding Player. The awards come on the heels of a perfect 9-0 record during league play.
“They dominated for sure,” Head Coach Liane Sato said. “They deserve it.”
In all, the Vikings had eight players who received all-league honors.
The first team includes juniors Trevor Pye and Ethan Kahan. They are joined by senior Jack Cramer and sophomore Dane Keckin. The second team features senior David Cline and junior Cody O’Connell.
Despite losing a number of seniors, Sato is optimistic that her returning underclassmen have what it takes to make a return to the success the Vikings saw this season.
“Hopefully it will helps us,” Sato said. “It makes a huge difference when you get deep into the playoffs.”
As if the Ocean League awards weren’t enough, the team also garnered notice for their work in other areas.
In addition to league accolades, Levy also earned a special honor specific to Samohi. He was tapped as the first recipient of the Male Athlete Norm Lacy Award, named for the late longtime athletic director who passed away last year.
Teammate Eric Barber also earned a special designation. He won the school’s Morgan McKinzie Award and was selected to receive the Ford All-CIF Male Athlete of the Year Academic Award.
The team as a whole was ranked in the top three of the Ford All-CIF Academic Awards Program as well.
Xrds v-ball players make all-league
Crossroads’ boys’ volleyball team isn’t the only Santa Monica-based team to receive all-league honors.
The Roadrunners placed four players on the All-Alpha League team.
The first team includes Jake Hurwitz and Taylor Moldo. The second team is highlighted by Milo Charney-Rosen and Aaron Lipp.
The awards cap a successful season for Xrds that saw the Roadrunners reach the quarter-finals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs where they lost to eventual runner-up San Gabriel, which was defeated by Samohi in the final.