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All-Foothill League boys volleyball: Coaches honor Oppler

Valencia senior selected as Foothill League’s top player

Posted: May 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 31, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia High senior Broc Oppler was selected as the 2011 Foothill League Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

 

The best players in any sport are usually the ones that want the ball in pressure situations.

In the case of volleyball, that would be equivalent to urging the setter to feed the ball your way.

Enter Valencia senior Broc Oppler.

Yes, he’s the guy who wants to get a swing at the ball when it matters most. But that’s not because he wants to tally another kill on the stat sheet.

It’s because he wants his team to win.

Now Oppler has won something individually, as the Foothill League’s coaches have voted him Player of the Year for 2011.

“It’s pretty cool, I really wanted to be (Player of the Year),” Oppler said. “That wasn’t the main concern. I wanted to win league.”

The Vikings completed league play 10-0, giving Oppler a perfect 30-0 career varsity league record.

It also puts him in the same club as a few of his Valencia predecessors.

“It’s also cool being up there with everybody else who has been Player of the Year,” Oppler said, mentioning names like Tony Ker, a 2004 Valencia graduate and former All-American libero at UCLA.

He also mentioned last year’s winner, Nick Ferry, who is currently playing at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

In his senior year, the outside hitter racked up 289 kills, which was second-best among Foothill players.

Perhaps more impressive are the numbers he put up in the slightly more obscure categories for a hitter, namely digs (194) and service aces (47).

While Oppler said he was honored by the recognition, he was quick to add that he was ultimately disappointed by Valencia’s exit in the CIF-Southern Section Division II quarterfinals.

“In playoffs, I think I gave it pretty much everything I had, and that’s why it was so hard to fall short like we did,” Oppler said.

It was about three wins shy of where he wanted to finish, to be exact.

It was still further than any other Foothill team advanced in the playoffs, and it fittingly earned Valencia two first-team nominations.

The first-teamers were both seniors, hitter Kurt Fults and setter Shane Nazarian.

Nazarian had 710 assists and Fults finished with 268 kills.

The only player in league with more kills than Oppler was Hart senior J.J. Mosolf, another first-teamer who totaled 352 kills.

His teammate, Taylor Gregory, was also named to the first team from the middle blocker position.

The rest of the first-teamers were hitters, including Golden Valley’s Alec Schlossman and Ryan Kessler along with Saugus’ Colby Wilson.

Valencia’s Griffin Ender and Hart’s Loy Mueller were the only defensive players to get second-team nods.

Junior Anthony Hanna also made the second team as West Ranch’s lone honoree.

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