La Cañada volleyball’s Kerstein nets All-CIF honor

Things appeared bright for the La Cañada High girls’ volleyball team entering the season.

The Spartans had several goals, including winning the Rio Hondo League championship and qualifying for the CIF southern Section Division IV playoffs.

With Chloe Ketstein leading the charge, the Spartans were able to check both boxes. For her efforts, Kerstein was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Division IV first team Monday after the CIF office released teams for all 10 divisions.

Kerstein, a senior outside hitter who will attend Pomona Pitzer, registered 338 kills, 293 digs and 57 aces in leading the Spartans to their first league crown and quarterfinal appearance since 2012. La Cañada finished 22-7, 9-1 in league before recording playoff victories against Burbank and Rio Mesa. La Cañada fell to third-seeded Santa Monica.

“Chloe took a huge leap forward with her passing and defense,” La Cañada coach Chris Sullivan said. “She was our go-to player with hitting and she was able to further build and expand on the things she did so well last year.

“She got so many big kills and she knew where to always put the ball. She’s a very reliable server and she never made a lot of errors.”

Jessica Stewart of Culver City was named the division’s player of the year. Top-seeded Culver City defeated Santa Monica in five sets to win the CIF championship.

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