Big news surprises 'amazing hitter'
Darci DeTroy was standing by her locker at Scappoose High when her volleyball coach, Mark Sprenger, came up to give her some shocking — to her — news. She had just been voted co-Player of the Year in the Northwest Oregon Conference.
"I was honestly shocked," DeTroy said, "but filled with joy."
She texted her mom and went to class, feeling "super honored to be given that."
DeTroy, a senior outside hitter, said she never expected to share the NWOC's top honor with Wilsonville's 6-1 Lindsey Hartford, a senior outside hitter as well. Hartford led the Wildcats to both a 14-0 league record and second place in the state at the Class 5A tournament.
"She's an amazing hitter," DeTroy said. "I never thought I would have I would gotten this, because there are so many amazing hitters and players in our league."
DeTroy's volleyball days are probably far from over. After the high school season, she was getting ready for another season of club volleyball, which could keep her playing into May in Oregon and nearby states with the 18-and-under team that is part of Live Aloha Volleyball Academy. It plays out of The Courts in Beaverton.
She has played club volleyball for eight years, having started at age 9. Oh, she "tried a bunch of different sports," including soccer, but "I don't like running a lot, so I didn't like soccer that much," and when she gave volleyball a whirl "I loved it. I just love the competitiveness of volleyball and the amount of teamwork you need to be successful in a game."
She started as a setter.
"The only thing I was really OK at was serving and setting," she said.
A couple of years ago, she transitioned into a hitting role.
Now that is her specialty, especially when she can line up on the right side and swing left-handed to hit down the line.
But she's also effective hitting from the back row and elsewhere.
And she has a jump serve that overpowered many an opposing defense this season in high school matches.
"I learned the jump serve doing private lessons with a coach at my (former) club," DeTroy said. "I really like it. It seems a lot better than regular serves."
DeTroy hopes to use the coming club season as a means to get college scouts more interested in her.
"I do want to play in college," she said.
Schools such as Oregon Tech, Western Oregon and Southern Oregon are or would be on her wish list.
"I want to be a pre-natal nurse," she said. "I've always loved the idea of helping people and working with kids and babies."
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