Four members of Ramona High School’s boys volleyball team earned all-league honors during the Valley League coaches’ meeting May 18.
Senior libero Trevor Adelman was a unanimous first-team selection, senior outside hitter Stuart Corbett earned second-team honors, and senior middle blockers Bryan Allen and Greg Gallagher earned honorable mention.
Coach Jeff Klauda wasn’t surprised that Adelman was a unanimous first-team pick.
“My libero is awesome,” Klauda said of Adelman. “His determination is amazing. “He literally has run into walls going after balls and saved them. He’ll do whatever he needs to do.”
Adelman was called up from the junior varsity as a freshman and has been Ramona’s starting libero for the past three years.
He earned honorable mention Valley League recognition as a sophomore and was selected to the first team for 2008 as well as this year.
“He’s had an amazing four years,” Klauda said. “It’s going to be tough to see him go.”
Adelman is leaning towards attending the University of California, Santa Barbara and may try to make the men’s volleyball team as a walk-on.
“I think they’d be crazy not to at least look at him,” Klauda said.
Last year Corbett earned second-team league honors as a middle blocker.
“He switched positions and he’s still able to make an all-league team,” Klauda said.
Corbett was a starting middle blocker both as a sophomore and as a junior before making the transition to outside hitter this year.
“He’s been our go-to guy most of the year,” Klauda said. “He’s a good all-around player. He’s not blessed with all the size, but he’s extremely strong and he’s an explosive hitter.”
Corbett also led the Valley League in total kills for the 2009 season.
The realignment of the North County Conference put Mount Carmel into the Valley League this year.
“Making an all-league team was not easy,” Klauda said.
Two current Valley League teams, Oceanside and Orange Glen, had no players on the first or second teams.
Allen earned honorable mention Valley League distinction as a junior. He was called up from the junior varsity as a sophomore and started for the Bulldogs as a junior and senior.
“It’s a shame that he did not get on second team because I really thought he earned it,” Klauda said of Allen. “He’s a very solid blocker. He’s very versatile.”
The all-league honors were the first for Gallagher, who spent two years on the varsity but did not start until his senior season.
“He’s had so much amazing progress,” Klauda said. “Even just progressing throughout the year he’s gotten better and better.”
Ramona’s 5-5 record in Valley League competition tied the Bulldogs for third in the league standings. Ramona finished the 2009 regular season with a 15-14 overall mark.