The awards keep on rolling in for a quartet of incoming Saint Mary’s volleyball players, and Lindsey Calvin is the latest future Gael to join the honor roll with the news that she has been named Tulare County volleyball player of the year by the Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance Register.
It is the second straight Player of the Year honor for Calvin, who helped Central Valley Christian win the Central Section Division II and Central Sequoia League championships. The Cavaliers finished 28-10 thanks in part to the efforts of Calvin, who hit a strong .418 during her final high school season.
Judging by her comments to the Times-Delta’s Damian Marquez, Calvin will be a perfect fit in the close-knit Gaels volleyball family. When asked what being a leader means, she replied:
“The best leader is a servant leader. They’re the ones working the hardest and not working that seniority card. They’re the first ones to help clean up, they’re the first ones at practice and they’re the ones who put the team before themselves. The seniors last year were a great example. They were humble and they put everyone before themselves. I took that from them and hoped to imitate it this year.”
Calvin’s accolades round out a foursome that could be one of the most accomplished ever recruited by Gaels coach Rob Browning. Outside hitter Payton Rund was named Gatorade State Player of the Year in Oregon, outside hitter/setter Lindsey Knudsen earned co-player of the year honors in the competitive Foothill League in Southern California and outside hitter Sarah Chase was named the top high school volleyball player in British Columbia. All four will look to make their mark in Moraga beginning in the fall of 2015.