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All-SCV Girls Volleyball: Saugus' Jaclyn Clark, All of the above

Clark racked up statistics and intangibles

Posted: January 1, 2011 9:43 p.m.
Updated: January 2, 2011 4:55 a.m.

Saugus junior outside hitter Jaclyn Clark finished the season with a league-leading 353 kills and a team-high 341 digs. Now she has been named the The Signal’s 2010 Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

 

In the game of volleyball, there are many different types of players.

Whether a player uses her speed, powerful, height or agility, the simple fact is, talent comes in many different forms.

But only one possessed the ability to truly take over a match.

And that was Saugus outside hitter Jaclyn Clark, The Signal's 2010 Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.

At times, it seemed like she was the only one on Saugus' side of the net, which is not to take away from her teammates, but merely to demonstrate how dominant she really was.

Sure, the Centurions didn't win a CIF championship, nor did they win the Foothill League, but Clark can be given a lot of the credit for what Saugus did accomplish.

In her junior year, she led the league with 353 kills, the Centurions finished the season 28-6 overall, second in the league and advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.

Clark wasn't afraid to go the ground either. She led her team with 341 digs, which was fourth best in the league - not bad for an outside hitter.

It was days like Oct. 21 when Clark put her momentum-shifting skills on display.

In a match against West Ranch, which was a team vying for the league title at the time, Clark slowly but surely found her groove as the match went on.

In the first game, Saugus edged by the Wildcats 28-26, but once Clark got going, it was all over.

She attacked from every angle and each hit seemed to come with more strength and power than the one before as it sailed over the heads of the dejected West Ranch blockers.

Saugus won the match 3-0 and in the end, Clark finished with 17 kills and 10 digs.

Afterward, West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks said he had actually game-planned around keeping the ball away from Clark.

But players like Clark can only be kept away from the ball for so long.

The Centurions' offense was built around her. She knew it, and her teammates knew it.

As captain of the team, she was always willing to have a few words with an official or calm her team down in pressure situations.

During Saugus' playoff win against Calvary Chapel, Clark helped Saugus rally for a narrow win in five games.

She finished the match with a cool 20 kills and 18 digs.

But you could make a laundry list of examples of her prowess. With a player like Clark, you have to see her to witness the intangibles that go along with her obvious athletic ability.

Then you'll see why she was the valley's best girls volleyball player in 2010.

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First Team

Carly Carapella - Sophomore, Valencia

No one better epitomized Valencia's always up-beat attitude than Carapella. She went out of her way to always have fun on the court, but clearly didn't let that stand in her way of collecting a Foothill League-best 957 assists. Only a sophomore, there's no question Carapella will make plenty of noise in the next two years.

Emily Ellias - Senior, Valencia
You can't say enough about Ellias and her ability to pick her teammates up when the situation called for it. Sure, she led her team with 229 kills, but that hardly does justice to what she did as a leader on a young and injury-laden team in the 2010 season. She knew when to pick her game up a notch, and she knew when to slow things down if the team showed signs of panic.

Ashley Guthrie - Sophomore, Saugus
Without Guthrie, none of Saugus' great hitters would have put up the numbers they did. While they soaked up all the glory, Guthrie stood by, quietly awaiting her next opportunity to pick apart the opposing team's defense. Her connection with the hitters and 884 assists were paramount in Saugus' success, and should be in years to come.

Shelby Kunz - Senior, West Ranch
Opposing teams had to feel uncomfortable every time Kunz stepped into serving position and tossed the ball about 15 feet into the air. Her serves were down right intimidating, and she finished with 60 aces. But best asset on the team was defense. She racked up a team-high 475 digs, which was no surprise given her willingness to constantly dive to the ground to keep the ball alive.

Hannah Orlandi - Senior, West Ranch
On a team that was built around serving, no one on the team landed more aces than Orlandi (65), nor kills (229). She was a complete player. Though listed as an outside hitter, she could have easily stepped into any position on the court and played it as well as anyone.

Alexa Schmidt - Senior, Valencia
Just when you think you've accounted for every player on the Valencia side, Schmidt would show up and slam the ball straight down on the other side of the net. And she wouldn't do it just once. All 198 of her kills were done with authority, and often shifted momentum in a game. She was a defensive force as well, amassing a team-high 38 blocks.

Second Team

Sarah Blomgren - Junior, Saugus

Playing in the shadow of Jaclyn Clark can't be easy, but Blomgren was the ultimate unsung hero of the Centurions. On any other team in the league, she would probably get a lot more attention. With 274 kills and 46 blocks, her services ought not be ignored.

Bree Braucher - Senior, West Ranch
The best word to describe Braucher is opportunistic. She's clearly a student of the game and understands every situation, which explains how she finished second on the team with 224 kills from the middle hitter position.

Serena LeDuff - Sophomore, Valencia
When Valencia needed a big play, it was LeDuff who often came up with a key kill. She was the ultimate clutch player. Her 207 kills may not have been tops in the league, but her best performances came in close matches and her scoring came when it really mattered.

Joanna Masopust - Senior, SCCS
Masopust did this year what she's done the past two years for SCCS volleyball, compete at a high level each and every night on the court. As the varsity team's setter since her sophomore year, she was essentially the quarterback in her senior year, notching 378 kills and 81 digs.

Khrista Prudencio - Senior, Canyon
Canyon may not have been the best team in the Foothill League, but it did improve as the season went on - and Prudencio was a big reason why. She battled injuries all season, and she was always willing to give everything she had and pick up teammates. Her team-best 307 digs only told half the story of her efforts.

Anissa Robinson - Senior, Hart
Despite Hart's disappointing finish in 2010, Robinson was one of the most consistent players. Statistically, she was by far the league's best blocker with 96, but she was also an extremely efficient attacker, finishing with a .478 hitting percentage. Beyond that, she was a quintessential senior leader for Hart.

Honorable Mention

Christina Guerrero - Senior, Canyon

Sam Holcombe - Senior, Golden Valley

Amy King - Sophomore, Hart

Natalie Keoshian - Senior, SCCS

Cory Nua - Senior, Saugus

Julia Howell - Sophomore, Trinity

Sierra Sanchez - Sophomore, Valencia

Angel Rutledge - Junior, West Ranch

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