Mia Mendoza, sophomore setter for the Los Lunas Tigers, was named second team All-State in volleyball by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
Mendoza registered 743 assists while leading the Tigers to a district title and a berth in the State 5A Tournament.
“Mia’s love for the game is pretty awesome to witness,” said LLHS coach Tanya Sanchez. “She analyzes every one of her skills and how she can improve her game.”
Mendoza was among the team leaders in virtually every statistical category including hitting percentage, blocks, digs and service aces.
Mendoza was also selected District 5-5A Player of the Year and named to the All-Metro second team.
Other Tigers named All-Metro are third team selection Riley Luther and Lauren Shiplet, who is on the fourth team. Kaysin Robinson was recognized as a Senior All-Metro and Student Athlete Award winner.
For the second year in a row, Sanchez was selected District Coach of the Year.
Several Valencia High School Jaguars also received post season recognition. Monique Chavez was named to the All-Metro 4A 3rd team and was selected first team 5-4A All-District. Alissa Raley was named to the All-District second team.
Bailey O’Conner received a Senior All-Metro Award and was named Senior All-Academic along with Nevaeh Goar.
For the Belen Eagles, Maesyn Lopez received All-Academic and Senior Student Athlete of the Year. Danae Chavira made second team All- District 5-4A.
BHS coach Victoria Spragg was the District Coach of the Year.
Mike Powers spent more than 40 years as a television news and sports anchor, mostly in the Albuquerque market. He has won numerous awards including New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year. He covers a wide range of sports, including the Valencia County prep scene.