David Specian, Seminole Ridge: Post All-Area boys volleyball player of the year
Friday, June 04, 2010
by Jason Lieser
Photo by Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post
Seminole Ridge junior setter David Specian doesn't regret his decision to quit football and dedicate himself solely to volleyball.
Choosing to specialize in volleyball helped him take advantage of his talents and this year he led the Hawks to the best season in program history.
Specian collected 841 assists, 81 aces, 70 kills and 48 blocks. He also helped four teammates - Austin Williams, David Frazee, Ray Collett and Joey DeCamillo - top the 100-kill mark.
"He runs everything on the court," Seminole Ridge coach Austin Clubb said.
"When we first came out this season, I told him he was going to be the man in charge and he didn't really want that position, but he's come to understand that he's the commander of the team."
Specian said the Hawks established such a chemistry and rhythm that he did not have to look to see where his attackers were.
"It got to the point where I trusted everyone," he said. "It didn't matter what hitter came in. I'd call something and I'd know they would be there."
The Hawks finished the season 24-3 and reached the state final four. They beat several local powers, including a playoff win over Wellington after losing twice to the Wolverines during the regular season.
With eight players returning next year and the potential for Specian to come back even better as a senior, the Hawks have reason to believe a state title is possible in 2011.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Austin Clubb, Seminole Ridge
At just 25, guided Hawks to best season in program history (24-3) and reached first state final four.
Wellington Sr., OH
Powerful hitter had 440 kills and 120 blocks.
Boca Raton, Sr., OH
Had 277 blocks, 136 assists, 36 aces and 106 digs.
PB Central, Sr., OH
No. 2 in area with 290 kills. Had 75 aces and 100 digs.
Jose Cabrera Wellington, Sr., OH
Parker Hoffman PB Gardens, Sr., OH
Joey Palmer PB Central, Sr., OH
Cody Cox Spanish River, Jr., OH
David Frazee Seminole Ridge, Jr., MB
Ben Silverman Wellington, So., S
Park Vista - Vinny Albano, Zack Arranz; West Boca Raton - Arlen Aveydan, Sandro Bontempo, Brian Cranston, Kevin Dunlap
Seminole Ridge - Ray Collett, Louis Hedlund, Joe Kratz; Palm Beach Gardens - Jason Driggers; Suncoast - Wyatt Hamilton; Wellington - Johnny Harvill, Rex Kirby; Spanish River - Ben Heller, Chris Lee, James Stampnick;
Boca Raton - Shane Jarman; Jupiter - Zach Marshall, Matt Palladino
Park Vista - Eric Marzano, Ryan Osborn, Cao-minh Tran; John I. Leonard; - Eliezer Perez