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Buhach's go-to girl gets MVP

Megan Callahan was easily the most dominant offensive player in the Central California Conference.

At times, the junior outside hitter carried the Buhach Colony volleyball team.

The CCC coaches apparently liked what they saw because they picked her as the conference's Most Valuable Player.

"I think it was well deserved," Buhach Colony coach Michelle Osmer said. "The other coaches agreed she was the one player that stood out from the rest.

"They saw what she can do."

Callahan helped Buhach Colony finish second in the CCC with a 10-2 record.

"I liked being the go-to person," Callahan said. "I know most of the time, my teammates count on me to get the kills.

"I enjoy it. I like the pressure. I know it's somewhat up to me."

Callahan's teammate Rio Schwalbach was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Meanwhile, Atwater setter Marissa Guardado was selected as the Setter of the Year and Los Banos' Greg Soliz was voted the Coach of the Year.

Golden Valley didn't come away with any of the big awards despite winning the conference with an 11-1 record.

"I don't think there have been too many years when the team that won league didn't have any of the players of the year," GV coach Matt Thissen said.

The champions did land three players on the all-CCC first team in Katelyn Bennett, Ali Hague and Kaitlin Davidson.

Callahan, Guardado, Schwalbach, Jaclyn Frank (Atwater) and Los Banos' Rachel Waldron also earned first-team honors.

Celeste Castillo (GV), Cassie Fensin (Atwater), Britney Gasper (BC), Kelsie Hanson (Merced), Cassie Kalapsa (BC) and Kiley Mendez (LB) were all named to the second team.

Los Banos' Brittany Bastick, Atwater's Ali Copeland, BC's Aly Gleason, GV's Reina Sykes and Merced's Nicole Vieira all received honorable mention.