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Lindsey Knudsen: Valuable Viking

Valencia's Lindsey Knudsen wins 2013 Foothill League Player of the Year

Posted: November 24, 2013 7:41 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2013 7:41 p.m.

Valencia outside hitter Lindsey Knudsen was voted by coaches as the 2013 Foothill League Player of the Year.

 

In the biggest matches and the most important situations, Valencia girls volleyball counted on its junior outside hitter Lindsey Knudsen.

Given her clutch performances time after time, it wasn’t a surprising choice for the league’s coaches to vote her as 2013 Foothill League Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

Knudsen received the honor with the release of the All-Foothill team this past week.

That makes two straight years a Knudsen sister has been named the league player of the year after Lindsey’s older sister Delaney won the same award.

With Delaney graduated, Lindsey took over the reins in a big way, providing Valencia with a major offensive and defensive boost with 380 kills and 308 digs on the season.

Valencia finished 23-15 this year and won the league championship despite being one of the younger teams in the Foothill.

Valencia had just two seniors on the team, neither of which were regular starters. Instead, players like Knudsen were asked to step up to take over the team’s key roles.

She came up big in both of Valencia’s key head-to-head matchups against West Ranch, the league’s second-place finisher.

On Oct. 16, Knudsen had 21 kills and 31 digs in a 3-1 win over West Ranch. The next time the two teams met, on Nov. 5, Knudsen knocked down 21 kills and 17 digs to help her team clinch its 11th league title in the last 12 years.

Knudsen verbally committed to play at St. Mary’s College in October.

After her, Valencia placed two other players on the All-Foothill first team – junior libero Emily Bible and sophomore outside hitter Makena Lautner.

Bible, a transfer last spring from Colorado, emerged as one of the league’s top defensive players and has demonstrated her hitting talents at times.

Lautner was one of the Foothill’s top newcomers.

For West Ranch, senior Gonzaga University commit and outside hitter Alexis Clewis made the first team along with senior libero Haley Lind. That wraps up a four-year varsity career for Lind.

League third-place finisher Hart saw two juniors make the first team in outside hitter Corriner Holloway and third-year varsity setter Erin Indermill. The emergence of juniors on the all-league teams indicated a strong future for the league.

Saugus, coming in at fourth place, had senior outside hitter Makena Wasserman round out the first team. She bounced back well this season after missing the majority of her junior year with an ankle injury.

On the All-Foothill second team, sophomore hitter Emily Burns and junior setter Hayley Alvarez represented Valencia.

West Ranch had two more seniors on the second-team in Brooke Garelick and Kendall Myers. The remaining second-teamers include Hart junior Claire Cansler, Saugus junior Juliana Dole and Canyon senior Sayo Akao.

The players tabbed as league honorable mentions this year were Canyon junior Sarah Greenland, Golden Valley senior Mariah Matteson, Hart sophomore Brooke Boron, Saugus junior Amy Buffham, Valencia junior Teresa Cernosek and West Ranch junior Haylee Fricke.

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