DOWNEY - The Downey High School girls' volleyball season has been over since the Lady Vikings lost in the C.I.F. Division II-AA quarterfinal round to Los Osos on Nov. 10. The Lady Vikings finished their season with an overall record of 26-8 and league record at a perfect 10-0.The Long Beach Press Telegram has released its annual girls' volleyball "Dream Team" selections and Joy Miley, the senior setter, was the only S.G.V.L. player selected to the First Team. Senior Lindsey Ray of Long Beach Poly was selected as the Dream Team Player of the Year. For her outstanding effort during the 2012 season, Miley was selected co-MVP of the San Gabriel Valley League and First Team All-CIF Division II-AA. Miley helped lead the Lady Vikings to another S.G.V.L. title and to the quarterfinal round of the C.I.F. Playoffs. Joy Miley will be a 49er next fall as she will be attending Long Beach State. Lady Viking and senior teammate Makayla Taylor was selected to the Second Team of the Dream Team. Taylor worked her way back from a serious knee injury she suffered during the Lady Viking soccer season to earn this honor. Taylor also played an instrumental role in leading the Lady Vikings to another San Gabriel Valley League title and C.I.F. run. Miley and Taylor provided a solid 1-2 punch after Taylor returned to the lineup for the Downey-Warren match. Coach Andrea Sims was quoted as saying "we are now whole again" after Taylor's return. Besides Taylor, senior Brianna Cervantes of Warren and senior Aaliyah Heckard of Gahr were the only other S.G.V.L. players who shared Second Team selection honors.
********** Published: January 10, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 39