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December 8, 2023

Aptos’ Ella Dueck named league’s top freshman | All-SCCAL girls volleyball

Aptos High freshman Ella Dueck was a stalwart on the court in her first year with the Mariners girls’ volleyball team.  

The standout outside hitter finished with a team-best 262 kills to go along with 220 digs, 43 serving aces and 12 blocks in 82 sets played in 2023. 

Dueck was recognized for her efforts as she was named this year’s Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League’s Freshman of the Year by the coaches within the league.

Dueck is right in line with her older sisters, Peyton and Madison, on becoming one of the top players for the Mariners in upcoming years.

Fellow teammate sophomore Kenzie Smith earned All-SCCAL Second Team honors following her strong performance this season. 

Smith finished with a team-best 24 blocked shots, 113 kills and 71 digs for the Mariners, who went 5-7 in league play and finished with a 12-16 overall record.

Aptos senior Peyton Westjohn and junior Claire Willoughby both earned a spot on the honorable mention list.

Soquel High junior Jessie Dueck—Ella’s cousin—was earned All-SCCAL First Team honors. The Knights outside hitter finished with a team-best 265 kills to go along with 277 digs, 30 serving aces and 29 assists this season. 

Individual Awards

Most Valuable Player: Gwen Grigsby (Sr.), Harbor 

Freshman of the Year: Ella Dueck (Fr.), Aptos

Coach of the Year: Matt Schutz, Harbor

First Team

Gwen Grigsby (Sr.), Harbor

Maren O’Farrell (Jr.), Harbor

Kayla Rhee-Pizano (Sr.), Soquel 

Sabine Kemos (Jr.), Harbor 

Daisey Manako (Sr.), Santa Cruz 

Isla Johnson (Jr.), Harbor

Jesse Dueck (Jr.), Soquel 

Summer Pederson (Sr.), Santa Cruz 

Second Team

Antonia Wilson (Sr.), Santa Cruz

Kenzie Smith (So.), Aptos 

Hayden Smith (So.), Scotts Valley 

Natalie Monroe (So.), Santa Cruz

Grace Emanuelson (Sr.), Scotts Valley

Eden Fisher (So.), Mount Madonna  

Ali Reger (Sr.), San Lorenzo Valley 

Honorable Mention

Claire Willoughby (Jr.), Aptos 

Peyton Westjohn (Sr.), Aptos

Dakotah Johnson (Sr.), Harbor 

Holly Pendergraft (Sr.), Harbor

Cy Harris (Sr.), Mount Madonna 

Emma Monclus (Sr.), Mount Madonna 

Janie Reynolds (Sr.), SLV 

Ari Ballard (Jr.), SLV

Lily Pederson (Sr.), Santa Cruz 

Kelaiah Wynn (Jr.), Santa Cruz

Natalia Cash (Sr.), Scotts Valley 

Ava Morrison (Jr.), Scotts Valley

Claire Peterson (Jr.), Soquel 

Lily Juarez-Sapone (Jr.), Soquel

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