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By JP Raineri
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HS Boys Volleyball: Local players named All CIF, Cantu named as Coach of the Year

 

Last updated 6/22/2018 at 10:30am

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Jason Cantu, the boys' head volleyball coach at Murrieta Valley High School, was named the All-CIF Division 4 Coach of the Year.

The Murrieta Valley High School boys' volleyball program had a tremendously successful year under their new head coach, Jason Cantu. Not only did the program take second place in the Southwestern League behind Great Oak (26-8, 9-1), the team almost played just as many postseason games as they did league games. With a 21-12 overall record, and a 7-3 record in league, the Nighthawks flew through their Division 4 opponents in the playoffs and made their way to the CIF-SS Championships.

"I believe we competed so well because we have had the same roster for two full seasons. Last year was our first year being recognized as a CIF sport and my first year at MVHS so it was a season of new beginnings for everyone on the team last year, coaches included," Cantu said.

The MV squad had such great momentum in their final match-up of the Southern Section finals, but fell to San Gabriel Academy 3-0, and claimed the runner-up spot when all was said and done in that realm. The fun didn't stop there though, Murrieta Valley was given a birth to the State Regional tournament and they once again competed well, making it through the first two rounds of single elimination tournament unscathed, but ultimately would fall to Montgomery High School, 3-0, in the finals. All in all, the Nighthawks boys' volleyball program played 26 matches against eight different opponents in the postseason.

"The Future of our program looks promising. With the exception of my few seniors, we are a very young team, Cantu added. "My players are very mature and hard working. They will remember the experiences of participating in the CIF Southern Section Finals and the CIF Southern California State Regional Final to learn from and better prepare themselves for next season."

Along with three of his players who were named as All-CIF selections, Cantu was recognized as the All-CIF Division 4 Coach of the Year. His players that were named as All-CIF were Troy Hess (OH), Levi Miller (S) and Andrew Ferrera (L), all who are now graduated seniors.

"Having three of our players selected is a testament to their hard work and to be named 'Coach of the Year' is an honor. I think that it is great to help grow the sport in this area," said the Nighthawks first year head coach.

Other local payers selected to All-CIF teams include: James Santos (11) - OH - Perris High School - Division 3; Cameron Perez (12) - OH - San Jacinto High School - Division 4; Able Beunestros (10) - L - San Jacinto High School - Division 4; Austin Gerwig (12) - OH - Calvary Murrieta - Division 5; Morgan Young (12) - S - Calvary Murrieta - Division 5; Joey Zamora (12) - OH - Calvary Murrieta - Division 5.

 

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