Cinnamon Sary, a 5-foot-11 setter for Newport Harbor High's girls volleyball team and the Orange County Volleyball Club, was one of eight local players among 646 from 38 states selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Assn.'s Under Armour All-America Watch List for the 2011-12 season.
Sary, who has committted to USC, was named to the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA first team as a junior, when she led the Sailors with with 774 assists and 120 blocks and finished with 230 kills, 176 digs and eight service aces.
In July, she was named MVP of the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships 17s national division when she led the Orange County Volleyball Club 17 Blue team to the title.
Other area players on the watch list include Allison Palmer, 5-9, S/L (Laguna Beach/Laguna Beach VBC); JoJo Schnabl, 5-9, S (Los Alamitos/Mizuno Long Beach); Jaylen Villanueva, 5-8, RS/S (Los Alamitos/Mizuno Long Beach); Franki Darnold, 5-11, OH/RS (San Clemente High/Saddleback Valley VBC); Alexa Strange, 5-10, S (San Clemente/Coast VBC); Emily Moore, 5-9, S (St. Margaret's, T-Street) and Ali Robinson, 5-10, MB (St. Margaret's).
In November, the AVCA will name a 24-player All-America first team and a 24-player second team. Members of the first team will be invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition on Dec. 16 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The complete AVCA All-American Watch List can be found here.
No Cage Match at Corona del Mar
Cage, a 6-foot-3 incoming junior, has already committed to play for the University of Washington, according to the Sea Queens new coach, Marissa Booker, who is coming to the school after three years as coach at Vanguard University.
Corona del Mar, led by senior blocker Britton Taylor, is ranked No. 2 in the .
According to Michael Cage, his 16-year-old daughter might attend Monte Vista, an alternative high school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District while she concentrates on her academics and training with the T-Street Volleyball Club of Irvine.