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All the votes are in. The Sun-Star Volleyball Player of the Week is...

Atwater senior Lexi Valencia (1) screams as she celebrates a Falcons point with teammates during a match against El Capitan at El Capitan High School in Merced, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. The Gauchos beat the Falcons 3-0.
Atwater senior Lexi Valencia (1) screams as she celebrates a Falcons point with teammates during a match against El Capitan at El Capitan High School in Merced, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. The Gauchos beat the Falcons 3-0. akuhn@mercedsun-star.com

After an epic voting battle between Le Grand High and El Capitan, we have the results of the Merced Sun-Star Volleyball Player of the Week for Aug 29-Sept. 4, 2018.

The online poll generated 41,174 votes with Le Grand sophomore Alexa Ultreras edging out El Capitan junior Natalie Collins.

The Bulldogs faithful came out in force and sent 20,049 votes Utreras’ way for 48.69 percent of the total votes. Ultreras had 18 digs and five blocks in Le Grand’s 3-2 upset of Merced.

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Alexa Ultreras, Le Grand Luci Chavez

Collins received 42.48 percent of the vote for a total of 17.477 votes.

This week’s poll received the most votes of any of the football or volleyball Player of the Week polls we’ve done so far.

The other nominees were Buhach Colony’s Miranda Baptista, Merced’s Ellie Hamm and Stone Ridge Christian’s Maartje Vander dussen.

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Buhach Colony 3, Merced 1 in Atwater – Miranda Baptista finished with 12 kills, 30 assists and two blocks in the Thunder’s 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20 win over the Bears on Monday night. Cameron Gray added 14 kills and 12 digs for Buhach Colony (3-0 Central California Conference).

El Capitan 3, Golden Valley 0 in Merced – Paige Martin had 13 kills, 15 digs and two aces to lead the Gauchos to a 25-21, 25-20, 25-16 win over the Cougars at Cougar Arena. Yatzary Lua chipped in with 12 kills and 18 digs and Valeria Torres dished out 26 assists to go with nine digs for the Gauchos (3-0 CCC).

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