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Buhach Colony's Callahan named volleyball MVP

Megan Callahan BC volleyball player of the year
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG Megan Callahan BC volleyball player of the year Merced Sun-Star

Keeping swinging until they stop you.

That's always been the philosophy Buhach Colony volleyball coach Michelle Osmer has tried to instill in her players.

There weren't many teams that stopped Megan Callahan.

The Central California Conference coaches named Callahan the conference Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

The recognition was an honor, but Callahan would rather trade the MVP award for a league title.

"I would rather our whole team be able to say we were league champions than just me saying I'm MVP," Callahan said.

Callahan was no secret.

Every team focused on stopping the left-handed senior.

"We would do the same thing if Megan was on any other team," Osmer said. "We would have to try to find a way to stop Megan. That would be our focus."

Atwater took home the CCC title Callahan wanted so bad.

After a 12-0 run through the conference, Atwater swept all of the other major awards.

Senior Marissa Guardado was named Setter of the Year.

Senior libero Alli Gurden was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Toni Muratore was picked as the Coach of the Year.

Callahan, Gurden and Guardado were joined on the all-Central California Conference first team by Atwater's Jaclyn Frank, the Golden Valley duo of Katelyn Bennett and Celeste Castillo and Buhach Colony setter Britney Gasper.

Golden Valley and Buhach Colony both placed a pair of players on the second team.

Sophomore setter Reina Sykes and senior middle blocker Alex Guzman were named to the team from GV. Buhach Colony's Rachel Andrews and Allison Sherman joined them on the second team.

Other local players to earn second-team honors included Atwater's Nicole Heller, Merced's Nicole Vierra and Los Banos' Sabine Arbelbide.

Atwater's Joslyn Apodaca, Golden Valley's Gina Bandoni, Buhach Colony's Stacey Wine, Merced's Rebecca Garitano and Los Banos' Xitlalli Bobadilla all received honorable mentions.