For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner.
This week, we consider performances from August 29 to September 3.
Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Vote as many times as you’d like until then.
But please note: Votes by email are not counted.
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Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected].
We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.
On to the nominees:
Alyssia Byrd, Pittsburg water polo: Byrd was a consistent threat to score in Pittsburg’s two games last week. Against Castro Valley, Byrd found the scoresheet three times, and versus Tracy, the senior bagged seven goals and dished out one assist.
Jessica Cortez, Yerba Buena volleyball: The senior standout had seven of the team’s 24 kills in their win over Oak Grove last week. She also had eight aces and four digs in a stellar all-around effort.
Karly Frangieh, Los Gatos water polo: Frangieh was the high scorer on a young Los Gatos team that only played two seniors in wins against Stevenson and Menlo School. Across those two games, the junior scored eight combined goals and handed around seven assists.
Rebeca Freitas, Berean Christian volleyball: Freitas had great performances against Northgate and Miramonte as Berean’s Christian’s libero. Against Northgate on Tuesday, she had 36 digs, four assists and 23 receptions. In her next game, Freitas had 28 digs and 10 receptions.
Lily Kautai, Menlo Volleyball: The Knights sophomore hitter/setter dominated at Spikefest, and totaled 12 aces, 67 assists and 13 kills over 11 sets.
Emma Little, Leigh water polo: The Longhorn sophomore was one of the standout performers in Leigh’s 20-3 win over Homestead. Little scored an efficient four goals on six shots, and also handed out six assists to teammates in a match where eight different players netted a goal for Leigh.
Ava Medina, Branham volleyball: The Bruins got their Sept. started with a win, and Medina’s play was a big reason why. Against Hollister, she had 12 kills on 26 attempts, one dig and three assists. That win was the third in an ongoing three-game winning streak for Branham.
Adea Nunes, Archbishop Mitty field hockey: While many of the players on this list were concerned with scoring points last week, Archbishop Mitty’s made sure nothing got past into the Monarch’s net. In back-to-back shutouts against Leigh and St. Stephens Episcopal, Nunes kept a clean sheet and made four saves over those two games.
Zada Sanger, Berkeley volleyball: The Yellowjacket senior had a huge game against Albany on Sept. 1. Berkeley’s outside hitter had 17 kills, two assists, six digs, and 12 receptions in a 3-0 win.
Maya Torres, Gilroy field hockey: Following a 1-0 win over Redwood early in the week, Torres and the Gilroy attack broke out in a dominant 8-0 win against Stevenson on the last day of August. The junior forward had two goals and two assists for a total of six points.