Waimea’s Peleras awarded POY honors

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    Waimea’s Gabrielle Peleras (11) gets the shot past the double block effort by Kauai’s Rebecca Zenger and Tiana Manera during a KIF varsity girls volleyball match at the Clem Gomes Gym in Waimea, in this Aug. 30 photo.

The Kauai Interscholastic Federation Girls Volleyball All-Stars have been announced.

The list was released by the league late Thursday. The standouts were chosen by the league’s coaches.

Waimea High School outside hitter Gabrielle Peleras was named the Player of the Year.

Waimea (10-3 KIF), winner of this year’s KIF championship, also has middle blocker Raelee Samio and setter Leiko Yamauchi as all stars.

Menehune head coach Chad Delanoza was named Coach of the Year.

Waimea was 1-2 at the New City Nissan Girls Volleyball Championships-Division II state tournament, winning its match in the opening round and then losing in the quarterfinals and in a consolation match on the last day.

Kapaa (5-8 KIF) has two all stars this year: outside hitter Keani Tolenoa, who was last year’s Player of the Year, and libero Tia Takasaki.

Kauai High (6-6 KIF) and Island School (3-9 KIF) each have one all star selection. Middle blocker Hailey Iha represents the Red Raiders, and outside hitter Ashley Mecham represents the Voyagers.

KIF Girls Volleyball All-Stars

Player of the Year: Gabrielle Peleras, Waimea, junior.

Coach of the Year: Chad Delanoza, Waimea.

Outside hitter: Keani Tolenoa, Kapaa, senior; Gabrielle Pelera, Waimea, junior; Ashley Mecham, Island, sophomore.

Middle blocker: Hailey Iha, Kauai, junior, Raelee Samio, Waimea, freshman.

Setter: Leiko Yamauchi, Waimea, junior.

Libero: Tia Takasaki, Kapaa, senior.

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