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Kreitenberg now leads

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Senior middle blocker has shown maturity for Sage Hill, which plays at La Jolla Country Day on Saturday night.

November 25, 2011|By Matt Szabo

Thomassen said if Kreitenberg again has a great match Saturday night, his team has a chance at La Jolla Country Day. She is playing her best volleyball at the right time for the Lightning, one of just four Orange County teams still playing in the state playoffs.

The three other teams are Los Al, Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar.

"I think a big thing about her is that she's helped put Sage on the stage with the other big schools in the area," Thomassen said. "We're kind of sharing the stage with the Laguna Beaches, the Corona del Mars, the Newport Harbors as a solid volleyball program. She's a big reason for that."

One thing Thomassen does know about Saturday's match is that Kreitenberg will give everything she's got.

And now, it's all for the team.

"Even though she's a captain, to put the team first was not always easy for her," Thomassen said. "That's been monumental … She's gone from the girl who wanted to get set every time, to the girl who just wants the team to win every time. It's been a slow change, but an important one, because we share the ball. Our freshmen get kills, and [junior] Maggie Danner's a big part of our offense, whether she's middle or outside.

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"That unselfishness that Zoe's developed is what's making us such a better team."

matthew.szabo@latimes.com

Twitter: @mjszabo

Zoe Kreitenberg

Born: May 19, 1994

Hometown: Los Alamitos

Height: 6-foot-2

Sport: Volleyball

Coach: Dan Thomassen

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite movie: "Mean Girls"

Favorite athletic moment: Winning the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA title this year.

Week in review: Kreitenberg, a senior middle blocker, helped Sage Hill win its second CIF title in program history. She had 15 kills, seven block assists and one solo block in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA final, a five-set victory over rival St. Margaret's on Saturday night at Cypress College.

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