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Humphreys a leader for CdM

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Hard work has paid off for senior setter, a team captain who helped Sea Kings place fourth in Las Vegas.

September 21, 2012|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del mar High senior setter Kelsey Humphreys is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del mar High senior setter Kelsey Humphreys is… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

She is enjoying her final year as a Corona del Mar High girls' volleyball player, but you can tell Kelsey Humphreys can't wait to begin her college experience at Stanford.

Humphreys has no problem letting that be known among her friends — or shouting it out in a random crowded restaurant in Las Vegas.

That's where Humphreys was last weekend, after the setter helped lead the Sea Kings to an impressive fourth-place finish at the prestigious Durango Fall Classic. Even after the action on the volleyball court, the all-tournament team selection was interested in another game that night. Stanford was playing then-No. 2-ranked USC in football.

"The tournament was over, and we've got 18 girls at this big, long table at this nice restaurant," Humphreys said. "On my phone, I have ESPN score reports, so I'm getting little updates on everything that's happening. I had to put it away for dinner, but I'm sitting at the table and it buzzes. I'm trying to be really discreet about it and I look down and it's like 21-14 [Stanford]."

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Humphreys couldn't contain her excitement, yelling across the table to her CdM teammate and fellow Stanford commit, outside hitter Grace Kennedy.

"We both got so excited," Humphreys said. "Everyone at our table was like, 'Come on. Really?' The restaurant kind of looked at us, but it was so exciting ... Especially once I got in, [Stanford] is my team."

Kelsey Humphreys, the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, has reason to be excited about many things in her life. She is one of the top high school setters in the country, coming off a summer when she not only made the 12-member U.S. women's junior national team but was named a team captain. In August, she helped Team USA earn a bronze medal at the NORCECA Women's Junior Continental Championship in Nicaragua.

Humphreys also is a captain for CdM volleyball, one of four along with Kennedy, senior opposite Shannon Griffin and sophomore outside Hayley Hodson. In her senior year, she wants to accomplish big things for Coach Marissa Booker's club, which is now up in CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA.

CdM (6-4) is ranked No. 3 in the division. After losing in the semifinals or title match the three previous years, Humphreys would love to help lead the Sea Kings to their first CIF title since 2004.

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