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2011 All-SCV Boys Volleyball Team: The top gunner

On a team full of talented players, Oppler stood out

Posted: June 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia senior outside hitter Broc Oppler was the best of a talented bunch and helped the Vikings set the state record for consecutive league wins.

 

On a team like perennial Foothill League champion Valencia, the concentration of talent is always thicker.

What separated senior Broc Oppler from the wealth of talent on the team could most appropriately be described by his reaction to a playoff loss.

When the Vikings fell in a narrow 3-2 loss to Beckman of Irvine in the CIF-Southern Section Division II quarterfinals, no one was more distraught than Oppler.

The outside hitter sat on the bench next to the court frozen. It was difficult for him to put his feelings into words at the time.

It’s that desire to win that has earned him the title of 2011 All-Santa Clarita Valley Player of the Year.

His determination shined through in plenty of game situations, too.

When the stakes were high, Oppler performed.

In both matchups with league runner-up Hart, Oppler recorded double-digit kills, including 10 on April 14 and 13 on May 3. He also added four aces, nine digs and four blocks in the May 3 matchup.

He was stellar in the playoffs, totalling 39 kills and eight aces in the three matches in addition to his contributions on the defensive side.

Overall, Oppler had 289 kills on the season with a .293 hitting average. As an outside hitter, he was asked to do a lot more than swing at the ball, though.

On the serving side, he co-led the league with 47 aces — made more impressive by the fact that he carried a 0.7 ace-to-error ratio. He also dug 194 balls and took part in 25 blocks in the front row.

Oppler didn’t just participate in every aspect of the game, he excelled in each one of them.

Between seven seniors and several years of combined club experience on Valencia’s 12-man roster, there was plenty of scoring to go around.

Led by Oppler, one of the team captains, that lineup set the state record for most consecutive league wins. The Vikings broke the record with a 3-1 win over Saugus on April 19, their 97th straight Foothill League triumph, and they finished the season with 102 straight league wins and counting.

Oppler also helped the Vikings to a 21-8 overall record and an 11th straight appearance in a CIF quarterfinal match.

From day 1, Oppler was one of the emotional leaders. When Valencia needed to get fired up, he’d pick up the intensity.

When the team needed to regain composure, Oppler knew how to calm things down.

More than anything, the reason why he’ll join the ranks of players of the year before him is his complete gamer mentality.

After returning from an injury-riddled junior year, Oppler came into the 2011 season with one purpose — winning a CIF title.

Chances are, he’d trade in player of the year honors for the chance to play for a title in a second.

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