Nikki DeSerpa, a Notre Dame High grad, was named to the preseason All-Metro Athletic Association Conference volleyball team for Marist College.

A first team selection last fall as a sophomore, the 6-foot DeSerpa averaged 3.28 kills a set last year for Marist, who finished third in the conference.

DeSerpa is off to a hot start for the Red Foxes this fall with a team-high 35 kills in the team’s first three matches. She is averaging 2.92 kills a set, and is third on the team in digs with 20.

DeSerpa was The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year in 2015. She lead the team to back-to-back Central Coast Section divisional titles in 2014-2015.

A teammate of DeSerpa’s is Santa Catalina graduate McKinley Fox, who has appeared in six of the team’s 12 sets, compiling a pair of digs for Marist.

Lane set for junior season at Willamette >> Former Notre Dame High middle blocker Jennifer Lane will begin her junior season for the Willamette University volleyball team.

Last year the 5-foot-11 Lane compiled 161 digs for the Bearcats, averaging 1.89 kills a set. She also finished with 131 digs, 40 blocks and led the team in service aces with 24.

Over her first two seasons at Willamette (in Salem, Oregon), Lane has compiled 242 kills, 186 digs and 71 blocks.

While at Notre Dame, Lane helped the Spirits to a pair of Central Coast Section divisional volleyball titles, earning a spot on The Herald’s All-County volleyball team twice.

Hot start for CSUMB’s Visesio >> Senior outside hitter Anela Visesio is off to a sizzling start for the Otters volleyball team, compiling a team-high 35 kills through their first three matches.

The 6-foot-1 Seaside High graduate also earned all-tournament honors at the Fairfield Inn Invitational after compiling seven blocks and five aces for CSUMB. The five service aces matched Viseio’s career-high for a season.

Visesio is approaching milestones at CSUMB as she went into the weekend with 690 career kills, 195 digs and 86 blocks.

Alisal connection at San Jose State >> Brothers Willy and Eduardo Miranda are both playing soccer this fall for the San Jose State.

Eduardo saw 51 minutes of action as a reserve forward last fall as a freshman for San Jose State, while Willy spent last year at Hartnell College after a three-year absence from the sport.

As a junior at Alisal in 2012, Wiley lead the Trojans in goals with 21.




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Stopper starting for Holy Names >> Keona Stopper has taken command of the Holy Names offense as the team’s setter, leading them in assists with 30 through two matches.

Stopper, who prepped at Notre Dame, recorded a career-high 20 in Holy Names’ sweep of Mills College. She also has a pair of kills and two service aces.

Named to the academic All-Pac West Conference team last year as a freshman, Stopper spent last season as a reserve defensive specialist. As a senior at Notre Dame in 2016, Stopper lead the team in kills.

Seaside’s Finest >> Seaside’s Finest is hosting a fall skills and drills basketball program for grades 6-12. Workouts are being held twice a week at Sacred Heart School in Salinas.

The program will run until Oct. 24. The program is about player development for players who want to get better. Fee is $300. Contact Paul Alioto at 831-998-4455, or Jason Hieb at 831-915-5362.

COACHES WANTED >> North Salinas High is looking for a varsity track and field coach. Send a resume and letter of intent to Jean Ashen at [email protected]

Carmel High is looking for a varsity boys soccer coach, an assistant junior varsity boys water polo coach, a junior varsity girls soccer coach, a varsity girls basketball coach and a junior varsity girls basketball coach. Contact [email protected] or 624-1546, ext 2017, for details.

Wildflower Experience >> Registration for the Wildflower Experience for 2019 will begin on Sept. 12. The event will be held May 3-5 at Lake San Antonio. It will include a long course, Olympic and a sprint race triathlon. Go to www.wildflowerexperience.com.

OJBA free development camp >> The Orlando Johnson Basketball Academy will hold free development workouts for grades 6-12 on Sundays at Seaside High from 10 a.m. to noon, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at MPC from 7-9 p.m. Contact Robbie Johnson at 831-917-2264.

Toys for Kids >> In conjunction with North Salinas hosting its annual Sportsmanship Girls Basketball Classic in December, all eight teams slated to compete in the tournament will purchase toys for homeless children.

North Salinas head coach Darren Jackson is hoping to get 100 toys to present to kids during the tournament. Toys do not need to be more than $5 to $10. The toys will be presented on Dec. 15 during the tournament. Anyone wishing to provide a toy can call Jackson at 831-754-5631 or 831-809-0333.

John Devine can be reached at 831-726-4337.

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