MVP Julia Jacobsen of Desert Hills leads all-region volleyball team

Desert Hills senior volleyball player Julia Jacobsen, shown here serving against Crimson Cliffs, Oct. 12, 2021, has been named Region 10's most valuable player. | File photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — MVP Julia Jacobsen of Desert Hills leads the newly selected all-region volleyball team, as chosen by the Region 10 coaches.

Desert Hills High School senior Julia Jacobsen is Performance Player of the Week, St. George, Utah, Oct. 28, 2021 | File photo by Aaron Crane, St. George News

Jacobsen, a 6-foot senior middle and outside hitter, helped lead the Thunder to an 11-1 region record and the Region 10 title followed by a second-place finish at the recent 4A state tournament.

Desert Hills head coach Craig Allred called Jacobsen “one of the best athletes I have coached – and even a better person.”

“Julia is an absolutely amazing kid,” Allred told St. George News. “She is such a great leader both on the court and off. She was the one leading cheers during the freshmen and sophomores matches. In fact, some of her favorite memories are cheering those teams on. Then, when it comes her time to play, she leads by example, whether that is in practice or in the match. She sets the tone and the standard for all players.”

During Jacobsen’s four years at Desert Hills, the Thunder won the region title four times and placed runner-up at state twice, Allred noted. 

“She truly left a huge impact on the school,” he said.

In addition to Jacobsen, Allen said Desert Hills had several other key seniors on its roster this year, including Sa’de Turlington, McKayla Allred, Maleia Thurber and Brooke Haguewood.

“They have been great seniors for our program,” he said. “Our team this year was so fun for us to coach. They played their best when they were having fun and with their team-first attitudes were able to accomplish some pretty amazing things this year.”

Region 10 volleyball, fall 2021


  • Julia Jacobsen, Desert Hills.

All-region first team

  • Madeline Wallentine, Crimson Cliffs.
  • Alexa Tueller, Pine View.
  • Jenna Thorkelson, Snow Canyon.
  • Emery Harrison, Cedar.
  • Riann Gines, Crimson Cliffs.
  • Maleia Thurber, Desert Hills.
  • Kinley Gunn, Cedar.
Desert Hills volleyball vs. Crimson Cliffs, St. George, Utah, Oct. 12, 2021 | File photo by E. George Goold, St. George News

All-region second team

  • Meg Carter, Hurricane.
  • Halle Wilkinson, Pine View.
  • McKayla Allred, Desert Hills.
  • Angie Georgopoulou, Snow Canyon.
  • Tehanie Waters, Crimson Cliffs.
  • Paige Felder, Crimson Cliffs.
  • Anna Jenson, Desert Hills.

Honorable mention

  • Lauren Larkin, Dixie.
  • Brooke Haguewood, Desert Hills.
  • Saidey Spencer, Desert Hills.
  • Braylee Peterson, Cedar.
  • Bird Allen, Cedar.
  • Morgan Bieker , Pine View.
  • Callie Finlinson, Crimson Cliffs.
  • Scotland Gubler, Hurricane.

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