Sports Briefs: Pioneers, Guards net all-league accolades

Sports Briefs: Pioneers, Guards net all-league accolades
Talia Patterson was an All-Liberty League selection for the Providence High girls' volleyball team. (Tim Berger / Staff Photographer)

Providence volleyball pair named all-league

Providence High had two players earn All-Liberty League honors.


Earning accolades was a pair of seniors: outside hitter Talia Patterson and middle Sarah Cox.

Patterson led the team in kills with 291 and also had 201 digs and 30 aces.


"Everyone in our league knew about Talia and she just led us offensively," Providence coach James Jimenez said. "We definitely expected nothing less from her throughout the season and she came through for us.

"She was able to give us something every single game. She was very efficient, because she had a lot of kills and made very few errors and that's what helped us a lot."

Cox led the Pioneers with 41 blocks and contributed 110 kills and 30 digs.

"Sarah never played volleyball before high school and just to see how far she came and how she really improved this past season was great," Jimenez said. "She worked very hard and when we needed a little more in addition to Talia, Sarah would put us over the top as far as offense and she was definitely our best blocker all year."


Providence finished with a 14-8 record and tied for third place in the Liberty League. The Pioneers fell in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division VIII playoffs to Nordhoff in four games. The All-Liberty League is a singular team.

Guards duo earns all-league volleyball honors

Two Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls' volleyball players were honored with All-Santa Fe League honors.

Junior outside Dailia Rincan was a first-team selection and junior outside hitter Madison Gibson made the second team.

"Dailia was one of the most consistent and dominating players in our league," Bell-Jeff coach Erick Back said. "I really think if we didn't finish as low as we did, she could have been the league MVP.

"She just made a ton of progress throughout the season and she worked really hard in all aspects of her game."

Bell-Jeff went 1-13 and finished league with an 0-11 record.

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