July 14, 2024
Make your choice for the top performance among girls high school athletes from Sept. 25-30

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Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls Athlete of the Week poll.

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 Sept. 15-30.

Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Vote as many times as you’d like until then without using bots or any other artificial methods of voting.

Votes by email and any votes after 5 p.m. on Wednesday are not counted.

Scroll to the bottom for the poll.

Winners are announced each Friday online and in the print edition of the Mercury News and East Bay Times sports sections.

Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at [email protected].

We accept nominations until 11 a.m. each Monday.

We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians.

On to the nominees:

Ava Allen, Menlo School flag football: Allen, a freshman, did it all in Menlo School’s victories over Notre Dame-San Jose and The King’s Academy. She ran for two touchdowns, threw three more, and even caught a TD. 

Hanna Bjornson, Campolindo volleyball: Bjornson, a senior captain, led Campo with 21 kills and 13 digs in a 3-1 victory over Northgate, and then followed it up with 16 kills and 13 digs in a sweep over Miramonte. 

Julianna Bondoc, James Logan volleyball: Bondoc, a senior libero, helped Logan sweep Newark Memorial at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona. She combined for 101 digs, seven assists, and 12 aces in seven matches.

Dakota Cristo, St. Ignatius field hockey: Cristo, a senior, scored her fifth goal of the season in a 2-0 victory over Valley Christian. Cristo has also dished out three assists for an SI team that won its third game in a row.

Maura Hambly, Palo Alto volleyball: Hambly, a freshman, had 29 kills, five blocks, 24 digs and an ace in victories against Mountain View and Los Gatos. The Vikings improved to 17-3 and a perfect 6-0 in league play thanks to her stellar play. 

Ameena Mohammed, Carlmont flag football: Mohammed, a sophomore, was named defensive MVP in the Scots’ 14-6 victory over Hillsdale after she had five flag pulls and a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown. 

Giselle Paedon, Branham volleyball: Paedon, a junior, had 22 kills in a 3-1 victory over Leigh on Thursday. A few days earlier, the outside hitter had 12 kills in a sweep against Evergreen Valley. 

Tori Pollicino, College Park golf: Pollicino, a senior, shot a 37, two over par, in a victory over Concord. Coach Jerry Caswell said Pollicino is a team captain and a straight-A student. 

Kylie Tabor, California flag football: Tabor, a senior, threw eight touchdowns across four victories. She threw two touchdowns in league games against Livermore and Amador Valley, and then threw two apiece in wins against Deer Valley and Alhambra. 

Keira Wall, Saint Francis water polo: Wall, a senior goalkeeper, was a key part of the Lancers 8-7 victory against Menlo.  She finished the game with 15 saves, two assists, and one steal, giving Wall 85 saves on the season and a save percentage of 60%.

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