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Valencia's Kyle Ensing is Player of the Year

Posted: June 22, 2014 9:35 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2014 9:35 p.m.

Valencia junior outside hitter Kyle Ensing broke two school records this season, one for most kills in a match and another for most kills in a season.

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A lot of coaches like to fly under the radar as much as possible.

They’ll avoid posting statistics or rosters anywhere online in hopes of keeping opponents guessing as to who their best players are.

There was no hope in hiding Valencia’s Kyle Ensing though.

You could turn on Valencia game film for 5 seconds and recognize right away which player you need to design your game plan around.

It’s the 6-foot-6-inch junior donning No. 50 on his jersey and crushing the ball from everywhere on the court.

But that’s another aspect that makes Ensing stand out so much.

Every team knows about him coming in, yet he can still be unstoppable. Teams could put two blockers, three blockers and the kitchen sink in front of him.

Ensing was going to get his kills.

“We knew we were going to have trouble with No. 50,” said just about every coach who had to face him.

Beyond his obvious physical advantages with his height and athletic build, Ensing possesses the perfect combination of power and court awareness.

He knows when to use his strength and when to rely more on his knowledge of the game.

And in a game that involved rapid changes in momentum and emotion, Ensing is a rock. It’s nearly impossible to shake his confidence or get him flustered.

If you block him a couple times, he’ll come right back and find a way over or through or around your block.

That’s how he routinely produced 20-plus kills in matches and broke multiple Valencia High records this season.

He amassed 37 kills in a 3-2 win over West Ranch on April 16, which topped the previous single-match mark of 34.

Ensing also set the season-best school record by accumulating 469 kills on the year, beating the old Valencia best total of 464.

Both records previously belonged to his older brother, Eric.

And even the numbers that weren’t record breaking were impressive for Kyle.

He led his team in two other categories with 245 digs and 49 aces. He also hit at a .317 clip, which is especially impressive given the fact that he attempted more than 1,000 hits this season.

Beginning in the spring of 2016, Kyle will join his brother Eric on the Long Beach State men’s volleyball team.

Kyle already committed to the major NCAA Division I school this past October.

He’s already played on a USA High Performance volleyball team which competed against international competition last summer.

All this from a 17-year-old junior?

Sorry Foothill League, you’ll have to put up with Mr. Ensing for another year.


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