As I watched the NCAA Division I men's volleyball championship on television, it was so great to see two former Corona del Mar High players as the middle blockers for UC Santa Barbara. Dylan Davis and Scott Slaughter formed the first pair of middle blockers from the same high school, to start in an NCAA final. Both players were instrumental in the late-season run made by the Gauchos.
What is even more amazing is that last year's NCAA Champion, Stanford, featured CdM's Gus Ellis as one if its' starting middles.
While it appears that Steve Conti and CdM have the monopoly on middles, Newport Harbor product, middle blocker Wes Dunlap at UCLA, was the leading percentage hitter in the nation this season with Slaughter a couple of places behind in the national ranking. The development of these athletes at a young age has really paid off for them in their collegiate careers.