Four locals named to all-SFL volleyball first team

By: Kurt Johnson, Press-Tribune sports editor
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On an all-league team dominated by players from perennial powers Rocklin and Nevada Union, Roseville-area high schools placed four volleyball players on the All-Sierra Foothill League first team for the 2008 season. In a difficult season for Oakmont volleyball, the Lady Vikings look to the future with a junior-dominated roster led by first team selection Maddie Lozano. Lozano, a middle hitter, uses her height and athletic prowess to make her presence felt at the net for Oakmont. Granite Bay’s run to fourth place in the final league standings and a spot in the playoffs was led by senior libero Gabrielle Custodio. Custodio was critical to the Lady Grizzlies strength on the back line all season long. After a pair of disheartening season, Roseville began to see light this season, finishing fifth in the SFL and earning a place in the postseason tournament. The Lady Tigers put the youngest team in the league on the court every night, which leaves great hope for the future of the program, but the squad got its leadership from a pair of first team all-league seniors. Setter Lindsey Gallo was a consistent performer in directing the Roseville attack while middle hitter Breanna Warnock delivered at the net for the Lady Tigers. The all-league team was selected by the league’s coaches, and the full list is included below along with a number of players from the Roseville and Granite Bay schools who received honorable mention from the coaches. 2008 SFL All-League Volleyball Team Coach of the Year Dave Muscarella, Rocklin Players of the year Janelle Currey, Rocklin, senior outside hitter Lex Moser, Nevada Union, senior libero First Team Hannah Anderson, Rocklin, senior outside hitter Breanna Velasquez, Rocklin, senior libero Lori Yokomizo, Rocklin, senior setter Mallory Castles, Nevada Union, senior middle hitter Taylor Japhet, Nevada Union, senior outside hitter Abbie Miraldi, Nevada Union, junior outside hitter Gabrielle Custodio, Granite Bay, senior libero Maddie Lozano, Oakmont, junior middle hitter Breanna Warnock, Roseville, senior middle hitter Lindsey Gallo, Roseville, senior setter Jamie Russell, Del Oro, senior middle hitter Kate Kessler, Del Oro, junior outside hitter Jess Lehner, Del Oro, senior setter Roseville-area Honorable Mention Christy Johnson, Granite Bay, senior outside hitter Karli Pedone, Granite Bay, junior outside hitter Lauren Nelson Granite Bay, senior setter Stephanie Halverson, Oakmont, senior outside hitter Melissa Luke, Oakmont, junior setter Lindsey Martin, Woodcreek, senior setter Casie Tingley, Woodcreek, senior defensive specialist Marie Osuna, Woodcreek, senior defensive specialist Stefanie Burkhead, Roseville, senior outside hitter Abbey Wade, Roseville, sophomore outside hitter Simone Durham, Roseville, sophomore outside hitter