Nine SLV volleyball players named All-State by CHSAA

Alamosa High School’s Malea Tuioti-Mariner hits the ball over the net in the regional championship match in October. Tuioti-Mariner was named a Class 3A All-State honorable mention selection by CHSAA earlier this week. (photo by Ken Hamrick)

ALAMOSA – The Colorado High School Activities Association released its All-State volleyball teams on Monday with nine local players being honored.

CLASS 3A

Alamosa has two All-State volleyball players in Class 3A. Leading the way for the Lady Mean Moose is senior outside hitter Malea Tuioti-Mariner, who was named to the second team. She led Alamosa in kills with 218. She also recorded 47 service aces, 14 blocks, 312 digs and 27 assists.

Junior middle blocker/outside hitter Charley Higham was an honorable mention selection. Her statistics include leading the team in blocks with 61. She also had 130 kills, 18 aces, and 135 digs.

This season, Alamosa won 18 matches and lost nine. It went 4-4 in the Intermountain League for a third-place finish and it advanced to the Class 3A state tournament in Colorado Springs.

CLASS 2A

Three locals are on the Class 2A All-State team.

Two of them played for Sargent in sophomore setter Saige Hostetter, and senior middle hitter/outside hitter Gabby Jones, both of whom were honorable mention selections.

Hostetter led the Lady Farmers in assists with 650, and she also accumulated 63 kills, 36 aces, 19 blocks and 228 digs.

Jones was Sargent’s leader in kills with 301 and digs with 301. She also had 42 aces, 31 blocks and 11 assists. She was also the SPL Class 2A Most Valuable Player

Sargent went 16-7 overall and it won the Class 2A Southern Peaks League with an 8-0 record.

Also on the Class 2A All-State team is Del Norte junior libero Kelci Madrid, who was also honorable mention.

Madrid led the Tigers in aces with 47 and digs with 663. She also had 21 kills.

Del Norte was 8-15 overall and 3-4 in the Southern Peaks League.

CLASS 1A

The remaining four local All-State players are in Class 1A with three of them competing for Sangre de Cristo in senior outside hitter/defensive specialist Ashley Mortensen, senior setter Tymberlynn Rogers, and senior outside hitter Emma Wolfe,. All three were honorable mention selections.

Mortensen was the Lady Thunderbirds’ leader in kills with 130, in aces with 53, in blocks with 24, and in digs with 174. She was also the Class 1A league MVP.

Rogers led Sangre in assists with 191. She also accumulated 24 kills, 39 aces and 82 digs.

Wolfe had 64 kills, 11 aces, 17 blocks and 89 digs.

The Lady Thunderbirds had an overall record of 14 wins and 11 losses and they won the Class 1A Southern Peaks League with a 7-0 record.

The remaining local All-State player is Sierra Grande junior hittler/blocker Mariana Loya, who was also an honorable mention selection.

Loya led the Lady Panthers in kills with 144 and blocks with 23. She also had 39 aces and 39 digs.

Sierra Grande had an 8-15 overall record and it was 3-2 in league play.

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