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Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Merkur News & East Bay Times) Girls Athlete of the Week poll.
For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who have excelled over the past week and give you, the reader, the opportunity to vote for the winner.
This week we’re looking at performances from October 31 through November. 5.
Polling stations close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
Until then, vote as many times as you like without using bots or other artificial voting methods.
Email votes are not counted.
Scroll down for the poll.
Winners will be announced online each Friday and in the print edition of the sports sections of the Mercury News and East Bay Times beginning September 30th.
Nominees for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected].
We accept nominations every Monday until 11:00 a.m.
We also check the submitted statistics MaxPreps by coaches/team stats.
About the nominees:
Sophia Bardunias, Gulf of Monte Vista: The standout junior helped the Mustangs team finish second in the NCS Championship. Bardunias hit a 70 on the court, which was the best of any Monte Vista player.
Elise Chen, Menlo Tennis School: Chen started her week 3-0 against opponents from The King’s Academy, Castilleja and Sacred Heart Prep to win the WBAL Championship. Then Chen improved to 4-0 with a win in CCS qualifiers.
Melanie Crabtree, Deer Valley cross-country skier: Crabtree was by far the best performer in the BVAL Dual Meet between Deer Valley and Freedom. She finished the 5,000m in 19:53.08, about 45 seconds faster than the runner-up.
Kylie Hoonaert, interested in cross-country skiing: Hoonaert won the second straight BVAL cross-country championship in a sophomore year by running a 17.52.9 PR at Crystal Springs. Hoonaert’s time was one minute and three seconds faster than second in the 2.95 mile event.
Adya Kadam, field hockey player Willow Glen: In the 11-0 playoff win over Salinas, the runners-up led the team to victory with two goals and three assists for seven points. Kadam has had 16 goals and 18 assists this season.
Kala Lau-Siem, Alameda Water Polo: The standout freshman helped the team advance to the second round of the NCS Playoffs. Lau-Siem had two goals, two assists and four steals in Alameda’s 11-9 win over Vintage. In the next game against Terra Linda, she had a goal and a steal.
Vy Le, St. Patrick-St. Vincent Tennis: The SPSV senior tennis player won the TCAL Stone Division Girls’ Singles Championship last Thursday in straight sets (6-0,6-2). The win sees Le advance to the NCS playoffs this week.
Ava Medina, Branham Volleyball: The senior was an integral part of Branham’s comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the CCS Division I Championship against Menlo-Atherton. Medina had 13 kills in the 3-2 win, three fewer than her season high of 16 kills.
Lily Van Putten, Los Gatos Water Polo: Van Putten has been an offensive force for Los Gatos all season, scoring 69 goals and sharing 35 assists this season. In Saturday’s CIF Regional Championship against Menlo School, Van Putten had four goals, five ejection ties and five steals.
Evalinne Vecchio, Northgate Water Polo: Vecchio dominated in Northgate’s quarterfinal win in the NCS Division-II playoffs against Alhambra. Vecchio scored eight goals and had two assists in a 15-6 win on 5 November.
Taylor Williams, St. Francis Volleyball: The Lancers’ junior outside hitter had 51 kills and five blocks in the CCS Open Division semifinals and championship games against Sacred Heart Prep and Archbishop Mitty. After being crowned CCS champions, Williams and St. Francis are now #1 in the NorCal playoffs.