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2013 All-SCV Girls Volleyball

All-SCV Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Lindsey Knudsen

Posted: January 3, 2014 9:45 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2014 9:45 p.m.

Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen led the Foothill League with 380 kills and also added 308 digs and 40 aces for the league-champion Vikings this season.

 

In a league and a sport usually dominated by seniors who work their way up the ranks, Valencia junior Lindsey Knudsen was an early bloomer.

She was the core of a Valencia team that boasted a starting lineup almost entirely different than it did the previous year.

That meant a lot of underclassmen had to fill in at key spots for the Valencia Vikings.

None stepped up more than Knudsen, the outside hitter, former setter, excellent server and The Signal’s 2013 All-Santa Clarita Valley Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

She was also voted as the coaches’ Foothill League Player of the Year.

She’s the second straight Valencia player with the last name Knudsen to receive the honor, following her older sister Delaney last year.

Lindsey was the setter to Delaney at outside hitter last season. This year, Lindsey took over the role of leader and difference maker on this team with ease and made it a seamless transition for the Vikings.

Valencia won the Foothill League in dramatic fashion with a winner-take-all match against West Ranch in the regular season finale on Nov. 5.

Knudsen recorded a match-high 21 kills that day and had 17 digs in the 3-0 win over a senior-laden and talented West Ranch team that appeared to be primed to make a run at a league crown.

But in a season where most of the league’s teams were in experienced and most of the top players from 2012 graduated, the story of the year became Lindsey Knudsen and a surrounding cast of young, energetic and talented players.

Lindsey was the type of player who brought up the rest of the team though.

She wasn’t so bad herself, finishing the year with a league-high 380 kills to go with 308 digs and 40 aces.

And her biggest matches came against the toughest competition. She had 21 kills and 31 digs in Valencia’s first win over West Ranch. She also posted team highs with 17 kills apiece in each of Valencia’s two playoff contests.

Knudsen, a St. Mary’s College commit, was the main reason Valencia got as far as it did this season.

But much like her older sister, Lindsey would be the last to take the credit.

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