All-Region Volleyball player of the year

Stefani Sorensen, Senior, Camas High School

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Season highlights

• Led team to fifth-place trophy at Class 3A state tournament

• Led team to 22-1 record, including league, district, and bi-district titles.

• Set several school records for kills.

• Voted co-player of the year in the 3A Greater St. Helens League.

More about Stefani

• Favorite movie: “ ‘Toy Story.’ Nope, change that to ‘Anchorman.’ ”

• Favorite subject: Science. “I want to go into nursing, so I’m into science.”

• Embarrassing moment: “Once, I won the Spirit Queen and I wasn’t there for the assembly. They called my name (at a pep assembly for being spirited) and I wasn’t there.”

Next year and beyond

Stefani said she intends to play college volleyball, but she has not yet made a decision. She is leaning toward a smaller college. She wants to study nursing.

“Her consistency this year is what impressed me the most. You couldn’t tell when she was having a bad night. Even when she had a bad night, she was still in double-digits in kills.”

Julie Nidick

Camas volleyball coach

All-Region first team

• Stefani Sorensen, Sr., Camas: All-Region player of the year.

• Amber Aguiar, Sr., Skyview: 4A GSHL’s defensive player of the year.

• Sam Cahill, Sr., Union: Offensive player of the year in 4A GSHL

• Haley Doerfler, Sr., Prairie: 3A GSHL co-player of the year.

• Marleen de Zoete, Sr., Camas: Near-perfect setter led Camas to fifth-place at state.

• Kaitlyn Tuholski, Sr., Heritage: Setter of the year in the 4A GSHL.

All-Region second team

• Erin Bate, Sr., Ridgefield: Amazing all-around player led Spudders to 1A state tourney.

• Rachel Krueger, Sr., Skyview: Middle blocker led Skyview in kill percentage.

• Brindl Langley, So., Camas: The future is now, voted to first team 3A GSHL.

• Kylie Moses, Sr., Woodland: Went from outside hitter and then helped as setter.

• Katie Pagel, Jr., Prairie: Defensive specialist also led the team in serving.

• Katie Trimble, Jr., Columbia River: Team leader; earned first-team 3A GSHL status.

Sorensen, Papermakers show their winning side

By Paul Valencia

Columbian staff writer

Stefani Sorensen and the Camas Papermakers felt the initial shock, the sting, of their first loss of the volleyball season.

It hurt a bit more knowing it was the first round of the Class 3A state tournament.

But they still could end the season with a winning streak. They could finish better than they had in 2009.

And that’s what they did.

Led by Sorensen, the Papermakers won three matches in a row on the final day of the tournament, placing fifth.

“It was a hard battle. We were so tired by the end of the day,” Sorensen said. “We wanted to give it everything we could.”

Her leadership coupled with her skills, as well as the fact that Camas was the only volleyball team from Clark County to earn a trophy this year, made Sorensen the choice as The Columbian’s All-Region volleyball player of the year.

Sorensen, a four-year starter, broke school records for kills, kills percentage, hitting percentage, kills per set, and so on and so on. She is believed to be the career kills leader for the program, as well. She had 21 kills in a three-game match this season, another school mark.

For Sorensen, she was just thrilled with helping her team to an undefeated regular season.

“We wanted to leave our legacy behind,” she said. “To take fifth in state (after that first-round loss) was really awesome for us.”

Camas, which was ranked as high as No. 2 in the state by the coaches poll this season, finished with a 22-1 record.

That’s the best record in the program’s history, as well. The Papermakers finished seventh at state in 2009.

“Our first goal was to do better than last year,” Sorensen said. “The second goal was to leave everything I had on the court. I think I did that to the best of my ability.”