Day takes league MVP, Beringer selected to All-CIF team —
The Southwestern League water polo coaches and Darin Mott, athletic director of Murrieta Valley High School, recently announced the selections for the First and Second All-League teams. The first-place team always hosts the meeting with their school’s athletic director, which, again, went the way of the Nighthawks for the girls’ teams. Garnishing an undefeated Southwestern League record, Murrieta Valley has not been challenged for a league title since before 2014.
Based on where the SWL team placed also determines how many selections that team will get. For the girls’ team, Murrieta Valley showcased senior Autumn Day as the league MVP, and by coming in first place, was granted five selections overall: three First Team, two Second Team. Vista Murrieta (second place) and Murrieta Mesa (third place), who scored the most goals as a team this season (118), got four selections each: two First Team, two Second Team, and Temecula Valley, Chaparral and Great Oak high schools got one First Team and two Second Team each.
According to Murrieta Valley head coach Chris Boyer, Day was selected as MVP because she was the leader in stats from MV in the following criteria: goals, steals, field blocks and “x-factor” (used when someone helped back or did something helpful that is undefined).
“She also was the team leader in her scoring percentage, with 54%,” Boyer said.
The complete list of girls’ water polo players selected as All-League for the SWL are as follows:
GIRLS’ MVP: Autumn Day – Murrieta Valley – 12
GIRLS’ FIRST TEAM
Murrieta Valley: Jaden Soto (11), Mackenzie Wood (10), Kristin Alexander (11); Murrieta Mesa: Taylor Orellano (12), Savannah Sollie (12); Vista Murrieta: Kennedy Guidizi (12), Reese Beringer (12); Temecula Valley: Daniella Alpert (12); Chaparral: Katrina Bobrova (12); Great Oak: Larissa Mendiburo (10).
GIRLS’ SECOND TEAM:
Murrieta Valley: Elizabeth Hernandez (11), Elsa Borgerding (10); Murrieta Mesa: Kirstin Maag (11), Seryn Stites (12); Vista Murrieta: Raven Walton (12), Aleira Valenzuela (10); Temecula Valley: Kennedy Cross (12), Kelsey League (11); Great Oak: Cristina Scott (11), Paige Ellinger (11); Chaparral: Natalia Ferrette (10), Julia Neal (10).
As for All-CIF selections, Reese Beringer (12) of Vista Murrieta was the only local selection, which was announced in Division 3. Beringer helped Vista Murrieta get to the quarterfinal round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, where the Lady Broncos fell to Bonita, 6-4.
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