Right Charles Levy from the Santa Monica HIgh School boys varsity team spikes the volleyball past the blocking arms of Chase Pion from the Winward High School varsity volleyball team at SAMO on Tuesday night May 18th 2011 as SAMO hosted Winward in the semifinals of the DIvision 4 Southern Section playoffs and won in four games by the scores of 25-21,22-25,25-20, 25-20. Watching on in front is Pion's teammate Ari Golan (photo by Morgan Genser)

SAMOHI — Fresh off winning the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship last month, Santa Monica High School’s boys’ volleyball team is still reaping the rewards of their dream season.

Senior outside hitter Charles Levy was named division Player of the Year with Head Coach Liane Sato taking home Coach of the Year honors, it was announced Monday.

“This is awesome,” Sato said of the recognition. “I’m super stoked.”

Sato and Levy aren’t alone on the team.

The first team features three Vikings: junior Trevor Pye, sophomore Dane Keckin and senior Julian Hess.

These latest accolades come just a week removed from the announcement of the All-Ocean league team that saw a bevy of Vikings make the squad.

Hess was named Most Valuable Player with Levy earning Most Outstanding Player.

In all, the Vikings had eight players who received all-league honors.

The first team included juniors Pye and Ethan Kahan. They are joined by senior Jack Cramer and Keckin. The second team featured senior David Cline and junior Cody O’Connell.

“I’m so happy for them,” Sato said. “They worked hard for the past four years to get their rings.”

Sato said that her core group of seniors made a pact during their first year on campus to win a title.

“That’s all they would talk about,” she added.

The chances of Samohi repeating as champs rest squarely on the shoulders of underclassmen Pye and Keckin, Sato said.

She called Pye the Vikings’ most efficient attacker and blocker. While not as dynamic as Levy or Hess, Sato had high praise for Pye’s ability to be at the right place at the right time.

As for Keckin, Sato couldn’t say enough about the sophomore playing his first year on varsity.

“He really stepped up,” she said. “Even when he was on JV, he would come to all of our playoff practices and sit in the stands. That kind of commitment has made him the player he is today.”


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