By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
The Del Norte High Volleyball team has received a number of postseason accolades.
Junior setter Deja Hartwick has been named co-league Most Valuable Player, along with Maren Grove from Arcata High. Kelsy Hintz and Lauren Godla were named Big 5 Conference All-League White Stars.
Rebecca Cink, Jaclyn Hadfield and Tabitha Hillman were named honorable mention All-League White Stars.
Head Coach Meagan Curtis was pleased that members of her team were honored, but questioned the decision by her fellow coaches of their co-MVP choice.
Considering Del Norte was undefeated with a 6-0 record in league play and Arcata was last place with a 2-5 league mark ,she wondered why the choice was made.
Curtis said while Grove, a senior and an exchange student from Germany was a good player, she was not a standout.
"It just doesn't make sense to have a player whose team was tied for last be co-MVP with a player whose team went undefeated in league play," she said.
A problem, Curtis believes, was the coaches did not meet in person as they normally do. Instead, they submitted their choices for MVP and White Star Honors by E-mail and phone.
"It was not a good idea," Curtis said.
She hopes the conference will revert back to having the coaches meet in person to discuss the awards next year.
Curtis said Hartwick was a very valuable part of the team.
"She absolutlely had to be on the court all the time," she said. "It's important to have at least one person out there that's the one in charge of making sure the flow of the game keeps going and be a team leader out there."
Curtis was pleased six of her players received conference awards and said she was happy they were recognized for their accomplishments on the court.
"It rewards them for working hard all year and doing what they can for the team," Curtis said.
Besides winning the Big 5 Conference, the Warriors made the North Coast Section Division III girls' volleyball playoffs. The team won a playoff game at home versus Acalanes High School of Lafayette on Nov. 14. The game was tight throughout, with the Warriors winning in five games.
The next night, they played Campolindo High in the Bay Area and were defeated, ending their season.
This year's squad consisted of all sophomores and juniors.
Curtis said she was proud of her team maturing as the season went on, despite the absence of senior leadership and doing better as the year progressed.
"I think by the end of the season they figured out how to play as a team," she said. "It will be nice next year because we have a lot of up-and-comers and returning players."
Curtis said she is already excited for the 2007 season.