Girls Athletes of the Week: Alexis Pappachan, Ella Mao, Zoey Mao, Kate Salembier of Poly

Published : Monday, October 22, 2018 | 5:26 AM

Names: Alexis Pappachan, Ella Mao, Zoey Mao, Kate Salembier
School: Poly
Grades: Junior (Ella, Zoey Mao, Kate Salembier), Senior (Alexis Pappachan)
Sport: Volleyball
Positions: Outside Hitters (Salembier/E. Mao), Setter (Zoey), Opposite Hitter (Pappachan)

Accomplishment: The three juniors and Pappachan played big in Poly’s first and second round playoff victories this week. The Panthers defeated El Segundo in three games to open the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs, and then took a 100-mile bus ride two nights later to Santa Barbara Saturday, and beat the Dons in four sets. In Saturday’s road victory, Kate Salembier had a team-high 14 kills, while Ella and Zoey Mao and Alexis Pappachan had 12 kills apiece. That balance and production has earned Poly a quarterfinal round home match against St. Margaret’s on Wednesday night at 6. Poly is the Pasadena and La Canada area’s lone program still alive in postseason play.