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Div. I All-North Volleyball: Nevada-bound Anderson leads Cougars to state title


12:00 AM, Dec. 18, 2012 EST

2012 All-North Division I volleyball: Spanish Springs' Lyndsey Anderson (from left), Reed's Moriah Malutoga, Spanish Springs' Melissa Munley and Brandi Brucato, and Bishop Manogue's Morgan Carlson, Kololita Atoa and Shannon Sullivan. / Chris Holoman/Special to the RGJ

Her parents insist Lyndsey Anderson is stubborn.

But they mean it in a good way.

Anderson's determination helped lead the Spanish Springs volleyball team to its first state championsip, and earned her a second consecutive RGJ All-North Division I Player of the Year honor.

"She's probably one of the most dedicated people," said her mother, Lisa Anderson. "She's determined to do something and she just goes for it. She's always been that way since she was a toddler.

"She always pushed the limit with us. She always had her mind set on something. She's so determined."

Lyndsey, a senior, said the Cougars were determined to win the state title this year after falling short in her previous three seasons.

"We just wanted it so much," she said. "It kind of all built up. We knew we didn't have another year left to come back and be successful. We tried our best to make this the year for us."

She said playing club volleyball in the off-season helped her and the Cougars improve enough to reach the top.

That offseason work led to improved team chemistry, which led to better communication.

"It's always been there, but it finally clicked this year," she said.

The 5-foot-9 Anderson mostly plays setter, a position she will vie for when she plays at Nevada. Anderson plans to redshirt next year for the Wolf Pack since they have a setter returning. Then she will have four years to play for the Pack.

But in a display of her versatility, she also played outside hitter for the Cougars.

"I just did what I had to do for the team, what Sando (coach Frank Sandomenico) had us do," she said. "We put it all in the game plan, whether that meant me setting or hitting."

Sandomenico, who also has Anderson in class, where she carries a 4.0 GPA, prized her many talents.

"She's what makes us run. Sometimes when she's setting you don't realize how good she is until you watch other teams play. Then we realize how lucky we are to have her. We ask her to do so many different things," Sandomenico said. "She also plays good defense and has great leadership. She's the complete package."

Anderson also plays basketball for Spanish Springs and was a high jumper on the track team. Her mother played outside hitter for Nevada in the 1980s and her father, Scott, played baseball for Nevada.

With those bloodlines, Lyndsey was always sure she would also play for the Wolf Pack.

"I've grown up watching Nevada sports," she said. "It's always been a big part of my life."

Anderson dished out 358 assists, 94 kills and had a hitting percenatge of .455, which led the Cougars. She served up 27 aces (second on team), had 21 blocks (second on team), 67 kills (fourth on team) and 59 digs (fourth on team). She is the school record-holder in assists, service aces, serving percentage and hitting percentage.

Sandomenico said Anderson was a rare find and is a good choice for Player of the Year.

"She's so deserving. You just get that kind of kid every once in a while," he said. "I'm really blessed to have her."

 

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