The honors keep rolling in for Valencia senior outside hitter Lauryn Shockley.
A few weeks removed from being named the Foothill League’s co-Player of the Year, along with Hart’s Makenna Fall, Shockley was named to the All-CIF Southern Section team on Monday.
“It kind of leaves me speechless,” said Shockley, who’s signed to play at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs next season. “To know it wasn’t just my coaches, or the coaches around our league, but the coaches from all the teams we played this year, it’s a huge honor.”
Shockley’s contributions helped lead the Vikings to a trip to the Division 2 quarterfinals before being defeated by Esperanza in five games. They shared the Foothill League title with Valencia.
“Like I said when I won the league award, I wouldn’t have gotten to his point without my teammates or coaches,” Shockley said. “They all pushed me to get this point where I never imagined.”
The last Valencia players to earn All-CIF honors were Lauren Russ and Emily Burns in 2015. Russ missed all of last season and a good portion of this season due to a fractured tibia, but still landed on the All-Foothill League first team.
Santa Clarita Christian School had two players earn All-CIF recognition, with junior setter Megan Dombrowski and senior outside hitter Kalona Marr making the Division 9 team.
“It definitely was surprised when I found out,” Dombrowski said. “It means a lot being a junior because I know how many seniors there are at our school and others that were deserving. Kalona is such a good leader, too, so I’m stoked that I’m on there with her.”
The Cardinals were runner-ups in Division 9, losing to Glendale Adventist, and advanced to the second round of the state tournament, losing to Carnegie Schools-Riverside in five games.
“Soccer is my first sport, so it’s really meaningful that I’m able to compete at a high level for multiple sports,” Marr said. “I’m just so thankful for all my coaches and teammates who’ve helped along the way.”
SCCS has advanced to the state tournament in three of the last four seasons.
The Cardinals have also been represented on the All-CIF team each of the last four seasons, including current coach Darcy Brown and former outside hitter Kylie Brown being named Coach and Player of the Year, respectively, for Division 5AA in 2014. Setter Vanessa Cardenas made the team last season.
“Being able to watch Kylie’s career, and seeing her get Player of the Year, it’s always been my dream to make the (All-CIF) team,” Dombrowski said. “I’m blessed that I was able to take that next step and I’m excited about next season because I know we’re going to crush it.”