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Valencia grad looking for third straight title

Posted: April 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Valencia grad Nick Ferry, a libero, broke the Springfield College record for digs this season with 1,007.

 

It’s hard for Valencia graduate Nick Ferry to believe it’s all coming to an end soon.

His college volleyball team at Springfield College in Massachusetts will enter the NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball championship tournament next week as the top seed.

If Springfield wins, Ferry, a senior libero for the team, will walk away from the school with his third straight national title.

“It is one of those targets on our back, but it is one of those things where we have experience on our team and we’re prepared to take on the challenge,” Ferry said.

The senior was once named The Signal’s All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Valencia in 2010.

He took over as Springfield’s starting libero his freshman year in 2011, and he’s been at that post ever since.

This season, he broke the school’s all-time career digs record with 1,007. That surpassed the previous record of 906 held by A.J. Nally, who now plays professional volleyball in Europe.

“It’s an honor really to break it and it’s just testament of hard work and great players that I’ve surrounded myself with and I’ve been able to learn from them,” Ferry said.

Ferry chuckled at the idea of trying to play professionally himself.

“The real world is right around the corner and I’ll just come up and get a big-boy job,” he said.

Ferry is a sports management major with a minor in business and he’s set to graduate in May.

He gets one last week of volleyball competition before that, though.

The NCAA championship tournament begins for Springfield on April 25 in Huntington, Pa. Springfield can advance to the championship game on April 27 with two straight wins.

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