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On the Beat: Kyle Ensing plays in world beach tournament

Posted: July 31, 2014 10:37 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2014 10:37 p.m.

Valencia High's Kyle Ensing, left, blocks a shot during a match agianst Tom van Steenis of the Netherlands on Tuesday in Portugal. Photo courtesy of FIVB

 

Kyle Ensing’s volleyball prowess is now spanning the globe.

Even in the summer, the Valencia High athlete is accomplishing big things on the court and in the sand.

His latest endeavor took him overseas to Portugal, where earlier this week he was one of six American players to compete at the Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships.

The event is put on by the Federation of International Volleyball.

Ensing teamed up with Tyler Cobian, a recent graduate of Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, to compete in the 2-on-2 tournament comprised of 47 different pairings from 33 different countries.

Ensing’s team was one of only three from the U.S. who got to make the trip to Porto, Portugal.

He and Cobian played just one match in the single-elimination qualifying round, losing 2-0 to Jasper Bouter and Tom Van Steenis of the Netherlands on Tuesday. Netherlands won the two sets 21-13, 21-13.

Though it was a quick exit for Ensing, who will be a senior at Valencia in the fall, simply being invited to the event puts him in elite company among the country’s young players.

Earlier in the summer, Ensing took part in the USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior Indoor National Championships in Houston.

His team, Legacy Volleyball Club 17 Elite, finished 21st of 33 teams in the 17 Open Division.

That team also included several other local players, including Saugus’ Justin Coleman and Zach Choo, Hart’s Justin Fortner and D.B. Gibbs and West Ranch’s Braden Drake.

Locals light up COC Summer Series

With three of the seven races finished at the College of the Canyons’ annual Summer Series, lots of Santa Clarita Valley names are popping up as top finishers.

COC sophomore and Saugus graduate Rodrigo Ornelas was the overall men’s winner of first and third races on July 10 and July 24 with times of 15 minutes, 45.9 seconds and 15:23.16, respectively.

The winner of the second race on July 17 was UCLA redshirt sophomore Austin O’Neil, a Hart High graduate who won in 15:10.1.

The overall female winner of the July 10 race was Elaine Woodward in 19:52.5, but Saugus graduate Amanda DeJesus and Canyon graduate Shalyn Mabritto tied for second place in 20:07.9

Race No. 2 was won by Rosa Del Toro in 17:41.9 while West Ranch’s Taylor Hernandez was the top high schooler to finish with a time of 19:01.4.

Golden Valley graduate Jillian DeLeon claimed victory in the third race with a time of 17:13.47.

The Summer Series will continue through Aug. 21, when the finals will be held.

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