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The Redwood Rangers volleyball team was named the 2023-24 Tulare County Girls High School Sports Team of the Year by the Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register.

Record 2023: 36-7

Head coach: Alana Montgomery

Influential players: Audrey Hyde, setter/counterattacker; Ashlyn Guenter, counterattacker; Devyn Castaneda, libero; Kennedy Cutler, outside attacker

Highlights: The Redwood Rangers had one of the best seasons in school history in the fall of 2023. Redwood won its second consecutive East Yosemite League title with a 10-0 record, extending its league winning streak to 40 consecutive games.

That success continued in the postseason, as the Rangers won four straight state playoffs, captured the 2023 CIF State Division III SoCal Regional championship and advanced to the state title game.

Redwood was the only Tulare County girls ball or batting team to play for a team state championship in the 2023-24 school year. The Rangers also became the third consecutive Tulare County team to compete in a girls volleyball state championship game.

Montgomery also recorded his 700th win as head coach during the Rangers’ historic season.

Under its longtime head coach, Redwood averages nearly 30 wins per season and establishes itself as one of the section’s top programs.

During their championship run, the Rangers were led by Cutler (369 kills, 334 digs), Guenter (345 kills), Hyde (290 kills, 380 digs, 725 assists), Devyn Castaneda (75 aces, 577 digs) and Andee May (93 blocks).

More: 2024 Tulare County Boys Sports Team of the Year: Central Valley Christian Football

What players and coaches said about the Rangers during the 2023 season: “It is so satisfying to watch our girls compete at a high level game after game. Tonight’s win was not only a win for the girls, but also for the school and our community. We played in front of a packed gymnasium and the energy of a game like tonight is a once in a lifetime achievement. It was exciting, thrilling, incredible and more fun than ever before.” – Montgomery

“It’s so special. We worked so hard for it. This is everything we wanted as a team.” — Hyde

“Grit and determination. Without those things, you’re just here as a hobby. It’s your hobby sport. But these girls, whether they actually want to go on and play in college or not, they’re all very determined to do their best at every practice and every game. That’s a direct reflection of how hard Alana works.” – Redwood assistant Christi Oates

Outlook 2024: Redwood is leaving most of its star players with Cutler, Guenter, Hyde and Castaneda, but will likely rebuild to defend its EYL title. Since the 2019 season, Redwood has won 40 consecutive league games under Montgomery.

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