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Bagwell receives top honor

July 01, 2006

Recent Costa Mesa High graduate Ryan Bagwell was named Most Valuable Player of the Golden West League by the circuit's boys' volleyball coaches.

Bagwell heads a list of six Mustangs and five Estancia players recognized for their outstanding play.

Trevor Smith, Tony Krikorian and Mitch Caldwell of Costa Mesa, along with Scott Markley, Shaun Markley, Dallas Kopp and Ian Lamb of Estancia were first-team all-league selections.

Costa Mesa's Andrew Melcer and Will Lefebvre, along with Estancia's Jacoby Lawrence, were second-team honorees.

The 6-foot-1 Bagwell also was a repeat Newport-Mesa Dream Team performer and a first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division III selection as a senior.

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Bagwell, who was Costa Mesa's top hitter and server ? he notched 12 aces in one early-season match ? led the team to its first league title and first CIF title-match appearance.

The Golden West League champion Mustangs fell to Santa Monica in four games in the CIF Division III final.

Smith was a clutch senior outside hitter, Krikorian was a stellar senior libero and Caldwell was the emotional leader for the Mustangs as an athletic, fiery senior middle blocker.

Both Lefebvre and Melcer were second-team All-CIF Division III selections.

Scott and Shaun Markley provided the Eagles with consistent outside hitting while the 6-6 Kopp was the team's go-to guy at the net as a senior middle blocker. Kopp was a third-team All-CIF Division III pick.

The trio, along with first-team pick Lamb and second-team setter Lawrence, helped lead Estancia to second place in league and a first-round CIF Division III playoff victory.

Scott Markley was a third-team All-CIF Division III pick.

Costa Mesa's Edward Miettinen received honorable mention.

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