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2012 All-SCV Boys Volleyball Player of the Year: Joining elite company

Vikings outside hitter joins some of the greats of the past

Posted: June 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia senior Eric Ensing helped lead his team to a 12th straight Foothill League championship in 2012.

 

There are inevitable pressures associated with wearing a Valencia boys volleyball uniform, especially in recent years.

Valencia High senior Eric Ensing knows a lot about that. He knew about all the streaks of Foothill League titles (now 12 in a row) and league wins (112 in a row).

He knew about the past CIF championship Valencia teams (four in all) and he knew, coming into the season, he was going to be counted on as the team’s primary offensive weapon.

Not only did all the expectation and pressure not get to him, it fueled the 6-foot-7 outside hitter toward one of the best single seasons by a player in program history.

And that’s saying something when you consider the list of former Viking greats like Teddy Goetz or any of the three Ker brothers, Tony, Kevin or Jamey.

That’s not bad company to be compared to, considering those Valencia graduates collected three CIF-Southern Section divisional Player of the Year awards between them and all went on to play NCAA Division I volleyball.

Ensing was an All-CIF-Southern Section selection for the Division II team, and now, he’s got something else in common with the Valencia standouts that preceded him.

He is the latest Viking to be named The Signal’s All-Santa Clarita Valley Boys Volleyball Player of the Year.

Ensing put up numbers like none of his predecessors, knocking down a school-record 464 kills for an unbelievable average of over 4.64 kills per game (also a school record).

Tony Ker was previously the school’s best with his 392 kills with a 4.56 per-game average in 2004.

Though Ensing still didn’t lead the Foothill League this season, he posted his biggest numbers against the toughest competition and under the most pressure, especially in postseason play.

But the senior is being honored, not simply for being the best player on the team that happened to keep all its coveted league streaks intact.

It isn’t just that he was also voted league MVP and was the clear marquee player on an already talented team.

What Ensing brought to the 2012 Vikings was something that had been missing from the team in recent years.

He was a go-to player, a superstar, and a guy who, if all else failed, you could feed the ball to and he’d put it away.

That was what finally pushed Valencia over the hump of the CIF-SS Division II quarterfinals, which no Valencia team had eclipsed since 2008 when it won its last Division II title.

It was that very quarterfinal match against Capistrano Valley on May 12 that Ensing broke a school record by tallying 34 kills in his team’s 3-1 victory.

The mark was one better than Corey Feldt’s 33 kills in 2001.

Just one more milestone Ensing will always be known for as his name goes up there with the Viking volleyball stars of yesteryear.

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