VOTE: SoCal Prep Legends Girls Athlete of the Week

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Click on the newspaper links below the athlete’s name to read about their performance from Aug. 29 to Sept. 3, and then vote for who you think is the best athlete this week. The overall winner will be announced on Friday, Sept. 7.

Gina Cortesi
South Torrance

Cortesi led South Torrance (3-1) to two big wins over the Labor Day weekend in the Molten Classic. Cortesi had 16 kills in a 25-14, 21-25, 25-10, 25-13 win over Pioneer, then had 14 kills to lead South to a 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 sweep over Pioneer.

Holly Lung

At the Cool Breeze Invitational at the Rose Bowl over the weekend, Lung finished seventh against a talented field running 17:44 ove rthe three-mile course. At last year’s Woodbridge Invite, Lung placed eighth. Lung and her Arcadia team is one of the best in the CIF Southern Section.

Zoe Fleck
Sierra Canyon

The libero garnered Chatsworth Tournament MVP honors in leading Sierra Canyon to the tournament crown with 52 digs on the day. She also had 21 digs in a four-set victory over Louisville earlier in the week.

Claire Graves
Citrus Valley

Graves won the The Great Cow run at Cerritos Regional Park for the second year in a row (she was second as a sophomore). Her time of 16 minutes, 56.34 seconds over the three-mile layout was just over seven seconds ahead of runner-up Mikaela Ramirez of Chino Hills Ayala (17:03.72). reported that her time equalled the fourth-fastest in meet history.

McKenna Avery

Avery shot 46 over nine holes to finish as the low medalist in the Terriers’ win over Rialto Carter in their Citrus Belt League opener on Thursday. On Tuesday, Avery carded a team-best 48 in a nonleague loss to Palm Desert.

Alexa Gallegos
St. Joseph

Gallegos had a fever of 102 degrees last weekend but still dug deep to lead the Jesters to a third-place finish at the Lakewood Molten Tournament. Over four matches Saturday and Monday, Gallegos averaged 11.25 assists per set, and added six blocks, eight aces and 14 kills. Head coach Jeri Estes said he was impressed with the way his captain distributed the ball as well as the way she battled through illness to help the Jesters earn a trophy.

Mary Bagshaw
Rancho Cucamonga

The 5-foot-8 setter was instrumental in two matches for the Cougars last week, tallying 85 assists, 17 digs and an ace. She managed 47 assists in a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Flintridge Sacred Heart, then contributed 38 in a 3-0 win over Claremont the next night in a battle between the Inland Valley’s two top teams.

Shaiann Palos

In starting the season 2-0 with nonleague wins over Miller and Jurupa Valley, the SkyHawks were led by Palos, a member of last year’s CIF-SS finalist squad. In the two matches, she had 24 kills, a 39.3 percent kill percentage, three aces and 16 total blocks, including 10 solo.

Poll closes Friday (Sept. 9) at noon!

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