Bryant, Curtis share SFL MVP, 5 others make All-SFL teams
Despite losing in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game to rival Granite Bay, the Nevada Union boys volleyball team can find some solace in the fact it was the most decorated squad from the Sierra Foothill League.
The SFL champs boast three All-SFL first-teamers, two All-SFL second-teamers and two MVPs.
Seniors Trevor Bryant and Bobby Curtis shared the league’s top honor, being named co-MVPs after stellar seasons by the Division I college-bound players.
Making the 2013 All-SFL first team from NU were Evan Kittle, Lucas Vojak and Austin Marks. Second-teamers are Chandler Heppe and Greg Paul.
Curtis, nicknamed Thor by his teammates (likely because of his blonde hair and ability to bring the hammer down on kill attempts), concludes his career as one of NU’s best ever outside hitters. Curtis, a three-year varsity player, was an All-SFL first-teamer last season and will be competing for the University of California, Santa Barbara, next season.
Bryant, who head coach Marco Salcedo said is one of the smartest players he’s ever coached, was also a three-year varsity player and All-SFL first-teamer last season. Bryant will be taking the court next season for the California State University, Northridge, volleyball team.
Of NU’s All-SFL first-teamers, Marks is the lone departure, as Kittle and Vojak are both juniors. Marks will be missed as he and Vojak made for a formidable middle. Marks is heading to Stetson University in Florida on a football scholarship. Kittle will be an instrumental part of next year’s squad after a fantastic junior year as one of NU’s primary setters.
The Miners will return All-SFL second-teamer Paul but do lose Heppe. Heppe, who has been a varsity player since his sophomore year, took over as libero this season, leading the Miners in digs. Paul showed that his athleticism overshadows his lack of size. The incredible jumping and hitting power Paul displayed all season will make him a force for NU in his senior campaign.
Granite Bay did have six players get All-SFL nods with three on the first team and three on the second team. Del Oro had three named to the first team and two on the second, Rocklin got two on the first team and three on the second, Roseville had one player make the first team and two on the second team, and Woodcreek had one player make the second team.
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