Albers, Enck add to post-season accolades

By on December 30, 2014
 Lititz Christian School senior Lexi Enck (11) records one of her team-high 159 kills this fall for the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team.

Lititz Christian School senior Lexi Enck (11) records one of her team-high 159 kills this fall for the Lady Eagles’ volleyball team.

Lititz Christian School girls volleyball coach Denise Kennedy wasn’t surprised in the least that Ellen Albers and Lexi Enck received All-District Three Single-A accolades.
She didn’t skip a beat when Enck was selected to the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association’s Single-A All-State Team.
Truth be told, Kennedy would have been upset if her two senior stars didn’t get those honors.
“I can’t say enough good things about those two,” Kennedy remarked. “The recognition was well-deserved for both of them … I’m certainly proud of them. They both are just great athletes. They’re very good volleyball players.”
To say that Albers and Enck left their mark on a team that finished 17-5 overall (9-1 CCAC), advanced to its first-ever District championship game and then to the PIAA State Single-A playoffs for the first-time ever would be an understatement.
As four-year letter winners and three-year varsity starters, their leadership was second to none and their work ethic rubbed off on teammates.
With Albers and Enck, it was like having two coaches on the court.
“There were times when my assistant coach and I knew we didn’t really need to call a timeout,” Kennedy said. “I would look at them when things would start to get a little unraveled and they would look at me and go, ‘We’ve got it. It’s under control.’ They would calm the team down and get them fired up, whatever needed to be done.”
If Enck was the emotional leader of the team with her ability to provide energy on the court, Albers was the positive influence who always had encouraging, calming words for her teammates.
“They balance each other out so well,” Kennedy said.
The last Lady Eagles’ volleyball player to earn All-State recognition was Rachel Elsner in 2011.
“To my knowledge, they’re the only two we’ve ever had make All-State,” Kennedy said. “Rachel helped mentor Lexi a little bit. Their careers kinda followed each other in how they played and how they just kept getting better year after year.”
Prior to Lititz Christian playing Marion Catholic in the State playoffs, the Lady Colts’ coach approached Kennedy to talk about Enck.
“He came up to find me making sure I was on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association,” Kennedy recalled. “He said, ‘Your No. 11 (Enck) is an amazing player and she needs to be on the All-State team and I am voting for her.’ To hear that coming from an opposing coach who scouted you and who you were getting ready to play tells you what type of player (Lexi) is.”
At 5-foot-7, Enck’s physical stature might not be intimidating. But looks can be deceiving.
“She’s not really tall,” Kennedy said, “but she’s quick and she can jump. She’s got an amazing vertical and she’s very difficult to block. We’ve gone against bigger teams with bigger blockers and they just can’t block her.”
For the season, Enck finished with a team-best 159 kills, to go along with 117 digs.
“(Lexi) was also a very good defensive player,” Kennedy remarked.
So, too, was Albers, who had 77 digs.
But her claim to fame was as an All-Star setter, dishing out an impressive 437 assists in the Lady Eagles’ 5-1 system.
“(Ellen) just runs that offense,” Kennedy said. “She is very steady and consistent and doesn’t make mistakes. She’s the girl, when the game is on the line and we’re out of offense, I’m calm when I know the ball is in Ellen’s hands. She’s always that steady presence on the court. She’s got great hands and she’s just a great athlete.”
Another strength of Albers is her serve, as evidenced by her 60 aces, which ranked among the team leaders.
“She would go back deep and just nail that ball,” Kennedy said, “so she had a very good serve. She was definitely was one of the team leaders (in aces) just because of the way she served.”
Together, Albers and Enck were excellent team leaders who will be missed in 2015.
“They’ve just been steady, hard-working players since they started with the program” Kennedy said. “They had a positive influence and they were huge, huge impacts on our season. Huge impacts.”

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