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Girls' Volleyball Dream Team: Sary hangs tough for Sailors

Newport Harbor senior dealt with pain and stepped up with standout performance against Mater Dei and others.

December 27, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

The freshman outside hitter started on a talented CdM team, fit in and flourished. Hodson, who is 6-foot-2, is the youngest and most talented member of the Dream Team. During the Sea Kings' run in the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs and CIF State Southern California Regional Division I playoffs, she hammered double-digit kills in six of the seven matches she played. She averaged 14.2 kills and 7.8 digs during the stretch in the postseason. Hodson's 347 kills ranked first at CdM and her 155 digs third, and she contributed 30 aces and 25 blocks. Hodson earned fifth-team All-Orange County and second-team All-Pacific Coast League honors.

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Kasey Thompson

Newport Harbor

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The senior moved to middle blocker from outside hitter after a starter left the Sailors during the season and she and Newport Harbor took off in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA playoffs. Thompson's postseason experience pushed Newport Harbor into the section finale against Los Alamitos for the second time in three years. She clinched the Sailors' 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23 upset of Mater Dei in the semifinals with a kill. Thompson helped Newport Harbor advance to the semifinals of the CIF State Southern California Regional Division I playoffs. She totaled 277 kills, 78 blocks, 36 digs and 27 aces. Thompson earned third-team All-Orange County and first-team All-Sunset League honors.

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Kelsey Humphreys

Corona del Mar

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The junior setter comes from a family of setters, but she's making a name for herself. Humphreys distributed the ball to a balanced CdM attack, which made a run at the CIF Southern Section Division I-A title and the California Challenge title at Torrey Pines. She led the area with 866 assists and contributed 164 digs, 60 kills, 41 aces and 32 blocks. Her best all-around performance was against rival Newport Harbor. She finished with 43 assists, six digs and four aces as CdM won the Battle of the Bay for the second straight year. Humphreys earned All-CIF Southern Section Division I-A, second-team All-Orange County and first-team All-Pacific Coast League honors.

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Tatum Norton

Newport Harbor

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