Whispering Palms swept the top individual honors in the junior varsity division of the 2012-2013 Coalition of Private School Sports Association Volleyball League after Negahr Rastguiy and Steven Lee were named most valuable players.
The two players were the steady force in Whispering Palms' perfect season, lifting the Terns to a 14-0 record in the regular season and leading their campaign in the playoffs. The diminutive Rastguiy stood tall in the competition, as she started Whispering Palms' set, consistently connected on her over hand serves, and also made tricky hits at the net in the playoffs where her team defeated Saipan International School A and Saipan Community School to clinch the JV championship. Lee gave Whispering Palms ceiling and power at the frontline. He teamed up with Troy Young and Coli Ramsey in leading the Terns' attack.
Both Rastguiy and Lee are leaving Whispering Palms next year as they move up to high school, so the MVP plums and championship trophies were fitting farewell gifts. The two MVPs received medals from league organizer Mili Saiki of Saipan International School.
Meanwhile, COPSSA also recognized other top individual performers for the 2012-2013 season.
Named to the COPSSA All-Star Selection were Grace Christian Academy's Noah Camacho, Alyssa Nunez, and Amber Montenegro, Whispering Palms' Logan Mister, Young, and Rastguiy, Saipan Community's Elnathan Wong, Shirley Quan, and Sally Wong, SIS' A.J. Hudkins and Emily Jones, Marianas Baptist Academy's Franz Trinidad and Katrina Reyes, and Mt. Carmel School's John Masga and Karlene Reyes.
Each member of the selection received certificates of recognition during the brief awards ceremony last Monday at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. For the team award, the MCS Knights were presented the perpetual sportsmanship trophy.
Meanwhile, the varsity playoffs will start today and will run until Friday with the GCA Eagles hoping to defend the championship they won over the SIS Geckos last season.