Volleyball

Shelby Dawson (11) and Kameron Jordan (1) of Summit jump up to try to block the volleyball which was hit by Marissa Burk of Fontana during a game last year.  (Contributed photo by Connie Caruthers)

Last fall, the volleyball teams representing all five high schools in Fontana turned in very good efforts, and they are hoping for even more success as the 2019 season gets under way this month.

Each of the teams advanced to the CIF playoffs in 2018, and two of the teams -- Summit and Fontana A.B. Miller -- won league championships.

• Summit achieved a 17-5 overall record, including a 9-1 mark in the Sunkist League. The SkyHawks' three captains -- Kameron Jordan, Alyssa Aleman, and Raeven Pugh -- are all returning this year as seniors. Some of the additional contributors will be senior Jacinta Okeke and juniors Faith Evaro, Shelby Dawson, and Cristina Lopez. Summit will start its season with a home game against non-league opponent Rialto on Aug. 20.

• Fontana High School is coming off a fine year in which the Steelers went 17-8, good for second place in the Sunkist League, and advanced into the second round of the playoffs. The Steelers will be led by three captains -- seniors Natalie Palomares and Lea Aldana and junior Belen Solis. The season will begin with the Steeltown Classic on Aug. 17, followed by a non-league contest against local rival Jurupa Hills on Aug. 20.

• Kaiser showed great improvement in 2018, obtaining a 17-11 record (7-3 in Sunkist competition) and reaching the third round of the playoffs. The Cats have several talented young players on this year's roster, including captains Vanessa Ojeikere and Trinity Harris (both juniors). They will be starting the year with a trip to Jurupa Valley on Aug. 20.

• Miller was terrific in its first year in the Mountain Valley League last fall, winning the undisputed championship with a 12-0 record. In 2019, the Rebels will be sparked by senior captains Jordan Hughes and Dana Manaloto, junior captain Ermelin Estrada, and senior Darien Mann. The season will begin on Aug. 20 with a home game against Hesperia.

• Jurupa Hills compiled an overall record of 12-9 last year and took third place in the San Andreas League with a 6-3 record. The Spartans were helped by senior Kaitlyn Dodgen, who went on to become a Gates Scholarship winner and one of the salutatorians in the school's Class of 2019.

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