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Around the SCV: Ferry still raking in honors

Former Valencia libero honored with Springfield College

Posted: May 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 2, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Nick Ferry racked up individual and team achievements after a successful run with the Valencia High boys volleyball team.

Nothing appears to have changed as a freshman libero for Springfield College.

Ferry has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Men’s Division III All-American first team for the Pride, helping his team to the furthest postseason run in program history.

Springfield College finished second to Nazareth in the Division III Tournament on April 16, and fell to Penn State University on Saturday in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Division I finals on Saturday at University Park, Pa.

The winner earned a spot in the NCAA Division I final four.

“My original goal this year was to get better, find playing time and to help the team get to a national championship in Division III and go as far as we could in Division I,” Ferry said. “We’ve had great success this year. Individually, getting the All-American award was not a goal of mine. It was a shock to me. I’m very grateful. It is definitely bigger than I set out to do. I set out to do great things, set my goals high, but I didn’t think about this.”

The former Viking and Santa Monica Beach Club standout was the only first-year player to make the first team. He racked up 262 digs and played in every one of the Pride’s matches.

Springfield College finished with an 18-15 overall record in 2011.


Morales picks New Hampshire

Canyon senior Adria Morales watched her sister, Allison, earn a scholarship to Colorado State University in November 2010.

She saw friends and teammates pick their colleges as well.

Now it is her turn.

Adria Morales, who swims for Class Aquatics out of Westlake Village and spent three years on the Cowboys’ swim team, committed to the University of New Hampshire after a recruiting trip in April.

“I’m really excited about it,” Morales said. “It took me a long time to find it, but finally I found somewhere that I am positively in love with.”

Minnesota State, Drexel and La Salle were other schools Morales considered.

She will not immediately be granted an athletic scholarship because of her late commitment, but she is listed as a recruited athlete, giving her a guaranteed spot on the team and a scholarship for the following season.

She said she is expecting to swim distance freestyle and the butterfly for the Wildcats, and that she is also hoping to compete in the backstroke.

Morales was the 2009 Foothill League 500-yard freestyle champion. She edged out Allison by a little less than three seconds in the race.

Next season will be the first time the girls haven’t been teammates since they began swimming more than 10 years ago.

“Of course I am going to miss (Allison), but I am going to be busy with training and studying and spending time with people that I am really excited to get to know,” Adria said.

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