By Mirin Fader
Garrett Halsey capped off his successful volleyball career at Servite High School with First Team All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
He was also named Trinity League MVP. And, he finished the season as Servite's all-time kills leader with 932.
Who would know that Halsey, who grew up playing soccer and has played baseball all his life, picked up a volleyball for the first time just four years ago as a freshman?
"He's a natural athlete," Servite coach Matt Marrujo said. "He bought in and committed himself to getting better and just trusted us as coaches and trusted the process."
"He's just been a great face and a great role model to our program, for the younger kids to look up to and the other coaches and administrators to look at – that this is what our program is all about," Marrujo said.
"If you had to design your franchise player, I mean, he's everything you'd want in terms of talent, ability and personality. He just is a phenomenal kid."
Halsey took his game to another level this year, switching court positions. He posted 387 kills, 42 aces and 171 digs for Servite (16-13, 7-3) in 2017 while breaking the career kills record with 932.
Servite named him the Athlete of the Year.He was also named Trinity League MVP
"He always had the talent, but going into his senior year, because he ended so strong junior year, he came in with a lot of confidence and I think that finally separated him from everybody else," Marrujo said. "He had trained hard and done everything he was supposed to, so it was letting it all click and come together."
Halsey will take his game to BYU next season, and is expected to make an impact.
"He has a pretty large ceiling," Marrujo said. "I don't know if he will do it the first year, or the second year, but I just know he has the work ethic and a good head on his shoulders, that he could be someone in two or three years we see starting at BYU and contributing for them."
"As long as the health stays there," Marrujo continued, "maybe he could go on and play on at the next level professionally overseas. I don't think there's really a cap to what his potential is in his volleyball career."