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Kyle Ensing named Foothill V-Ball Player of the Year

Posted: May 26, 2014 9:50 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2014 9:50 p.m.

Valencia junior Kyle Ensing, left, set an all-time Valencia High mark this season with a total of 469 kills.


It’s been one of those anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better seasons for Valencia junior Kyle Ensing.

His older brother Eric was Foothill League Boys Volleyball Player of the Year in 2012 after breaking the school record for kills in a season.

This week’s release of the All-Foothill team puts Kyle as the 2014 Foothill Player of the Year after outdoing yet another one of his brother’s records.

With an all-time Valencia best 469 kills, Kyle earned the coaches’ vote for league’s top player.

“My brother told me, ‘Oh, you won’t break my record,” Kyle said. “He wanted me to try my hardest to beat it and I just really wanted to.”

Earlier this season, on April 16, Kyle also set the school mark for single-match kills with 37 against West Ranch. The previous record of 34 also belonged to Eric.

It begs the question of what Kyle could possibly have left to do in the sport with one more year at Valencia.

“Maybe beat my own records,” the junior quipped.

Kyle helped Valencia recover from an unusually down 2013 season to fire back with a Foothill championship this year.

He was quick to give credit to teammate and senior setter Logan Riley, who was one of eight first-team selections.

“I guess we’ve been building for the past two years,” Kyle said. “Me and Logan just kind of had the connection and he just set me the ball a lot.”

Junior opposite Dakota Abbott was the final Valencia player on the first-team list.

West Ranch, which finished second place in league, had three seniors on the first-team: outside hitter Andrew Dieterle and middle blockers Brett Krahl and A.J. Smith.

The league’s third-place team, Saugus, placed its deadly combination of outside hitters on the first team in seniors Max Nua and Zech Lee.

Top Canyon hitter and junior Jacob De Young was the final first-teamer for the fourth place team in league.

There were six second-team selections, including Valencia seniors David Lampert and Nick Erickson, West Ranch junior Braden Drake, Saugus junior Justin Coleman, Canyon sophomore Noah Ozuna and Hart senior Sonny Mueller.


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