TEMECULA >> Jordyn Amoy already had secured her place as one of the top setters in Inland history. The only thing missing from Amoy’s impressive resume entering her final season was playoff success.

Amoy helped the Temecula Valley girls volleyball program end those years of postseason frustration in historic fashion. The Golden Bears capture the CIF State Division I championship, becoming the first Riverside County team to win a state championship in volleyball. Amoy, who is headed to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, ended her career with more than 3,700 assists, the second-best total in area history.

For those reasons, Amoy has been chosen The Press-Enterprise’s girls volleyball player of the year for the second straight season. She joins Chaparral’s Kelli Tennant (2002-04) and Redlands East Valley’s Krista Vansant (2008-10) to be honored in multiple seasons since the award was first created in 2001.

Roberto “Rafu” Rodriguez, who guided the Golden Bears on their magical finish this season, has been selected as The Press-Enterprise’s coach of the year in his second season at the helm of the program.

Temecula Valley entered the 2018 season with question marks, as the team’s top outside hitters from the previous year were no longer around. One area coach believed this would be a rebuilding season for the Golden Bears. Temecula Valley had its share of ups and downs to start the season, but Amoy developed strong report with attackers Carly Shreenan, Hailey Hinkel and Emma Rhodes, Makenzie Nutting and Mackenzie Krauss-Stewart throughout the season, and that chemistry paid off during the final weeks of the season.

“I think our retreat and all our bonding dinners really brought this team closer together,” Amoy said. “We always had the ability to accomplish something special. We just needed to believe in each other.”

Rodriguez said he noticed Amoy’s knowledge of the game and leadership skills when he took over.

“That was a blessing,” Rodriguez said. “I knew things always would be in good hands with Jordyn. She is a competitive player and always will find a way to win. That what you need from your setter.”

Rodriguez injected new energy into the program when he arrived. Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico, has been a standout on the AVP Tour in recent years, and he even won a title on the tour this past summer.

“He brought a real fire to the program and constantly pushed us every day to get better,” Amoy said about Rodriguez. “His energy and his knowledge were what we needed to take us to the next level.”

Amoy and Rodriguez said the team never shed the underdog mentality, even when they were given the No. 1 seed for the CIF State Division I regional tournament. The Bears rolled through the first three rounds of the state tournament and then pulled out a dramatic five-set victory over Foothill to win the regional championship. Temecula Valley dropped the opening set to Bishop O’Dowd in the state championship game, but the Bears bounced back and won the next three sets to put the finishing touches on a historic season.

“I’m not going to call the previous years disappointments, but this was a great way to show everyone what we could do,” Amoy said. “It’s a memory we will always have together.”

FIRST TEAM

Madi Allen, Great Oak, Jr.

Jordyn Amoy, Temecula Valley, Sr.

Erin Anderson, Santiago, Sr.

Josie Collier, Hemet, Sr.

Eliana “Tia” Chavira, Aquinas, Sr.

Jayde Harris, Vista Murrieta, Sr.

Channa Hart, Paloma Valley, Sr.

Morgan Johnson, Chaparral, Sr.

Danielle Lilley, Citrus Valley, Sr.

Kali Uhl, Murrieta Mesa, Sr.

SECOND TEAM

Jacquelyn Barrett, Citrus Valley, Jr.

Kylie Coon, Beaumont, Sr.

Olivia Karwin, Paloma Valley, Sr.

Julianne LeClair, Yucaipa, Sr.

Taylor Orshoff, King, Sr.

Jenna Patton, Redlands East Valley, Sr.

Tiffany Pederson-Henry, Vista Murrieta, Sr.

Devin Sivertson, Linfield Christian, Jr.

Emme Walters, Murrieta Valley, Sr.

Jasmine West, Temecula Valley, Sr.



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