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The Register's All-County boys volleyball team. From left, Sam Kobrine, Will Hunter, Matt Ctvrtlik and Coach Steve Conti of Corona Del Mar, Michael Chang of Beckman, Shane Holdaway of Huntington Beach, Noah Dyer of Saddleback Valley Christian and Spencer Olivier of Beckman.

All-County boys volleyball: First team

STAFF WRITER

The Register’s All-County boys volleyball team.

FIRST TEAM

MATT CTVRTLIK

Corona del Mar, Sr., Setter

The Register’s player of the year.

SAM KOBRINE

Corona del Mar, Sr., OH

Kobrine developed into one of the county’s top offensive threats. He was honorable mention All-County last year. He recorded 365 kills, 32 blocks, 119 digs and 29 aces. “He was a role player for us his sophomore year and a starter last year,” CdM coach Steve Conti said. “From his junior to his senior year, he elevated his game to a new level, especially the second half of the season.” Kobrine, who also played basketball at CdM, is headed to UCLA.

WILL HUNTER

Corona del Mar, Sr., MB

Hunter helped CdM overcome early challenges - injuries to key players and the late arrival of some players from other sports - early in the season. Hunter was the MVP of the Orange County Championships. “He’s been a huge part of this program for three years,” Coach Steve Conti said. “He was a role player his sophomore year, but a starter his junior and senior year, and when we were missing the basketball players, he carried a huge offensive load for us. Everybody in the gym knew where the ball was going, and they still had a hard time stopping him. We were able to move him around and he still found ways to score.” Hunter recorded 281 kills with 51 blocks and 31 aces. He was honorable mention All-County last season.

SHANE HOLDAWAY

Huntington Beach, Sr., MB

Holdaway was a consistent performer this season. He was selected first-team all-Sunset League and was second team All-County last season. The BYU-bound Holdaway had 190 kills and 76 total blocks. He also posted a .496 hitting percentage. “He really became a dominant force at the net this season,” Huntington Beach Craig Pazanti said. “He showed great maturity and developed as both an offensive weapon, and an emotional leader. It was great to see him grow from being a really good player last year into one of the best players in high school volleyball.” Holdaway also earned first -eam AVCA High School All-American honors.

SPENCER OLIVIER

Beckman, Jr., OH

Olivier set a school record with 507 kills this season while leading the Patriots to the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 and CIF SoCal Regional playoffs. Olivier, who is committed to Long Beach State, was second on the team in aces (27). “While we definitely leaned on him quite a bit this season offensively and his offensive numbers were very impressive, it was his development as a passer and defender that stood out to me the most and helped take his team to a new level,” Beckman coach Darin McBain said. “He put in the extra time and effort in the offseason and continued those work habits throughout the season to become very reliable in those areas. The difference in his level of play over the past 15 months is amazing.”

NOAH DYER

Saddleback Valley Christian, Sr., Opp.

Dyer led the Warriors to their fourth consecutive CIF-SS titles and first SoCal Regional title. “He’s one of the most gifted athletes I've had the privilege to work with,” SVC coach Ryan Van Rensselaer said. “He was an offensive threat in all six rotations and one of our strongest blockers across the net. What I was most impressed with was his ability to get the most out of all of his teammates through his encouragement. He was a great leader on the court due to the fact that the rest of the guys trusted him and looked to him for guidance.” Dyer recorded 465 kills, 72 blocks and 180 digs. He was first-team All-County last year. He signed with Pepperdine.

MICHAEL CHANG

Beckman, Sr., Libero

Chang set a school record with 362 digs, including a season-high of 19 in a five-set victory over Newport Harbor in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. His impact on the club’s successful year was strongly felt. “He has been the obvious leader of our defense and the anchor of our serve-receive for the past three seasons,” Coach Darin McBain said. “His value goes well beyond simply looking at the numbers, however, as he is a steady, calming presence on the floor when he needs to be and an emotional leader when that is needed.” Chang is headed to USC.

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ALL-COUNTY BOYS VOLLEYBALL

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