The Bee's Fall All-Stars: Girls Volleyball Outstanding Hitter Lindsey Calvin

The Fresno BeeJanuary 15, 2014 

Central Valley Christian's Lindsey Calvin

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School: Central Valley Christian Grade: Junior

Qualifications: The middle hitter blossomed into an offensive force during her second varsity season, helping the Cavaliers reach the CIF State Division III championship by amassing 322 kills (with a .418 hitting percentage), 52 aces, 27 solo blocks and 65 block assists while being named to the Maxpreps.com All-State Division III team. "She came in this year a whole level above where she was last year. And what she really did well as the season went on was mature in her role as a leader," CVC coach Meghan Warkentin said. "We had five seniors, but Lindsey's leadership was always clear on the court. She wasn't afraid of anyone and didn't back down from anyone." Calvin was a major contributor to a team that went a school-record 37-5, beat seven section D-I opponents, won the season-opening Clovis Volleyball Challenge tournament title, rolled to the Central Sequoia League crown and captured the school's first section championship since being promoted from D-IV. Calvin produced 18 kills in the top-seeded Cavaliers' 25-17, 30-32, 25-14, 25-16 win over No. 2 Redwood for the D-III championship.

Hitting her stride: On a team featuring four hitters standing 6 feet or taller, the 6-3 Calvin began to assert herself as the Cavaliers went 12-0 through the CSL. And the league coaches took notice, voting Calvin the MVP. She carried that momentum into the postseason, leading CVC with 97 kills in seven matches, including a team-leading 14 kills in the Cavaliers' 25-20, 25-16, 25-10 loss to Valley Christian-San Jose in the CIF State final. "It took us awhile to notice how good she was. Whether (the coaches) knew it, our setters figured it out. They knew if they got the ball to Lindsey, it's a kill," Warkentin said. "As things got tougher and tougher, she improved. She became more determined to make it a kill. She was looking for an open space. It's one thing to know the space is there, and another to put it exactly where you want it. Lindsey was phenomenal at that."

Among the best: Calvin participated in the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Phenom College Preparatory Program, an invitation-only event for the nation's top unsigned players Dec. 19-22 in Seattle in conjunction with the NCAA Division I national championships. Calvin put her talents on display for more than 140 coaches or assistants from schools ranging from Division I to junior colleges.

Coach says:"Probably the most driven player I've ever been around. She's bound and determined to be excellent at the sport she loves, and she is. She is technically sound and a great athlete with a will to win and get better. She's mature beyond her years." — Warkentin

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