Summarized by Kent Larsen
LDS High School Volleyball Player Like A Clone of BYU's Millar
Los Angeles Times 20Apr00 S2
By Mike Bresnahan
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- The LDS Volleyball player following in the
footsteps of BYU's Ryan Millar could almost be his clone. Trent
Sorensen of Highland High has developed into one of the top juniors
in Southern California. Like Millar he is a member of the LDS Church
and is at Millar's alma matter, Highland. He also plans to attend BYU.
Its too early to say that Sorensen will be as successful as Millar,
who was named NCAA player of the year in 1997 while at BYU and is
currently a prominent member of the U.S. national team. But Sorensen
does play the same position as Millar, and is 6 feet 6, just one inch
shorter than Millar.
He also shares the same competitive drive. "It's the attitude, the
little personality things that sometimes look the same," said Coach
Tom Jones of Highland. "He was real quiet last year, but he's
starting to take on those little leadership roles as he's gained
confidence. He's more than a body. He's showing some attitude out
Sorensen has helped Highland to an undefeated record in Southern
California's Golden League, recording 12 digs as the team swept
league rival Quartz Hill last week. But unlike many volleyball
players in High School, Sorensen doesn't play club volleyball because
tournaments typically are held on Sundays. He reserves Sunday for
Church, "I would play if I could just not play on Sundays," Sorensen
said. "A couple of [club] teams talked to me, but most tournaments
finish on Sundays."
Highland is currently ranked 2nd in the region, behind Royal High
School in the Marmonte league, which has a 13-1 record.