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Foothill League boys volleyball: Ensing towers above

Senior outside hitter is coaches pick for player of the year

Posted: May 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia senior Eric Ensing was selected by the Foothill League’s coaches as the player of the year.

Even on a team already loaded with talent at every position, Eric Ensing was still a very clear standout on his team.

The Valencia senior stood out enough to get voted as the 2012 Foothill League Boys Volleyball Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

Ensing emerged as the team’s go-to offensive player from the beginning of the season, and the 6-foot-7 outside hitter lived up to the title.

He demonstrated the ability to put away the ball from anywhere on the court, whether it was right side, left side, in the middle or coming from the back row.

For the season, he ended up with 464 kills, including 91 in postseason play.

His height made him a strong presence on the block and he also frequently dug balls out on the defensive end.

Valencia finished with a 20-15 record this season after making a run to the CIF-Southern Section Division II semifinals and earning an invitation to the CIF Southern California Division I Regional Volleyball Championship, where it lost in the first round.

That all came after Valencia secured its 12th straight Foothill League championship after going 10-0 in league play, extending its state-record league winning streak to 112 in a row.

Ensing had two senior teammates make the Foothill first team — libero and team co-captain Griffin Ender along with middle blocker Daniel Salovich.

The only other team with two representatives on the first team was Saugus, the league’s third-place finisher.

Senior outside hitter Matt Coleman and senior middle Colby Wilson got the nods for the Centurions.

Setter Anthony Hanna was the lone first-teamer for Foothill second-place West Ranch, which reached a program-best Division II semifinal.

The Wildcats also had two second-team honorees in junior Tanner Skabelund and senior Tanner Williams.

Fourth-place Hart and fifth-place Golden Valley also had a player apiece on the first team. For Golden Valley, it was outside hitter Alec Schlossman and middle Rhett Almond took the spot for Hart.

The second team was made up of two Valencia seniors — Austin Csiszar and Spencer Kershner — along with Saugus sophomore Max Nua and Hart juniors Tanner Tengberg and Chris Leclair.



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