first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s easy to be overlooked playing alongside Teddy Goetz, Kevin Ker – both heading to UCLA next fall on scholarships – and Ryan Worth, who is gaining more and more recruiting interest with each passing week. Yet Stephen Cornelius continues to make a regular impact for Valencia High’s boys’ volleyball team, ranked No. 1 by the Daily News and in Southern Section Div. II. “Stephen is an essential part of this team,” Vikings coach Mark Knudsen said. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker showed as much Tuesday, contributing eight kills on nine attempts, six blocks, three aces and just one service error in a 24-23, 25-15, 25-19 Foothill League triumph over Canyon. “He’s extremely explosive and super aggressive,” Knudsen said. “You can’t ignore him. You have to stay at home on him. “Stephen is steady. Sometimes he’ll have outstanding numbers and sometimes just very good. He’s always reliable, never has an off night. He’s a great asset.” Goetz had 10 kills against Canyon, Ker added 34 assists and nine digs, Jamie Ker – Kevin’s brother – finished with 10 kills, and Neal Benveniste had nine kills as Valencia (17-0 overall, 5-0 Foothill) extended its league winning streak to 48 matches. Valencia plays tonight at Hart, then spring break arrives, leaving the Vikings without a competitive match for two weeks. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 last_img

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