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South spikes North in girls Optimist game

Harms, Currey star for North
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Despite the inspired play and leadership of the regular-season MVPs from the Sierra Foothill and Pioneer Valley Leagues, the North team was unable to overcome the talent of the South squad in Thursday night’s Optimist All Star Girls Volleyball Game at Capital Christian High School. The 22nd annual Carmen Bentine-Haskins Optimist game came down to the stronger play of the South team at the net. Kaleigh Durket of Oak Ridge as the South MVP, but she had a lot of help from Erin Stoddard and Sarah Lewicki of St. Francis as well as Kayla Neto of Christian Brothers and Molly Pon of Davis. PVL MVP Cora Harms of El Dorado was the best player on the court all night long, displaying the ability to put the ball away in multiple ways, teaming up with her SFL counterpart, Rocklin’s Janelle Currey for a potent 1-2 punch for the North side. Harms was very strong setting short balls in the middle for quick scoring chances. Roseville’s Breanna Warnock and Woodcreek’s Meghan Wilton were solid in both the blocking game and in delivering timely hits. The South controlled game one from start to finish, winning it 25-18, and after a brief hiccup in game two went on to win in four games 25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23. Harms was named the outstanding player for the North, after participating earlier in the day at the section Masters track meet. While Currey will stay local to play college volleyball, Harms will take her game to the University of North Carolina.