Player of the Week: Mat Collins

St. Ignatius senior Mat Collins (left) celebrates after a point against Bellarmine in the WCAL championship game on May 6 at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Doug Ko)

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By Jeremy Balan Player of the Week: Mat Collins, senior outside hitter, St. Ignatius boys volleyball

St. Ignatius senior Mat Collins (left) celebrates after a point against Bellarmine in the WCAL championship game on Thursday at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Doug Ko)

The Wildcats needed every one of Collins’ match-high 19 kills in a five-game, upset win over top-seeded Bellarmine to clinch their first West Catholic Athletic League title in school history on Thursday.

When it mattered most, Collins was a force, as five of the final six St. Ignatius points in the final game came from Collins’ kills, including the championship clinching point.

“I knew the ball was going to me, I hit it, and I couldn’t see whether it was in or out,” Collins said. “I just saw everyone jumping around and it just feels awesome right now.”

Honorable mention: Alejandra Sanchez, junior forward, Lowell girls soccer

Lowell junior forward Alejandra Sanchez (left), blows by a Lincoln defender in the AAA championship game on Saturday at Boxer Stadium. (Photo by Stephanie Trapp)

Likely locking up the Academic Athletic Association’s Most Valuable Forward award, Sanchez put on a show in the first half of the AAA championship game against Lincoln.

She scored the first three goals of the game, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead at the half, then tacked on the final goal of the game.

Honorable mention: Alex Arnold, junior pitcher, Balboa baseball

Balboa junior starting pitcher Alex Arnold sets to send a pitch toward the plate against Lowell on Thursday at Big Rec. (Photo by Devin Chen)

Arnold started the week by leading the Bucs at the plate, with a 4-for-4, four RBI performance against Mission in the first round of the AAA playoffs.

Then he did it on the mound in an upset win over Lowell in the AAA semifinals. Arnold allowed just two runs in a complete game win, and will likely be the starting pitcher against Washington in the championship game on Thursday.

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11 Comments on " Player of the Week: Mat Collins"

  1. yayareasfinest | May 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM |

    Congrats to matt you should have concentrated on volleyball instead of trying to play basketball. He could not compete with bigs of the wcal.

  2. Like many of the negative comments mean spirited people make on this site about high school kids who play their hearts out and deserve community support, this is not worth a response. Great job Mat! It was a fantastic game and a spectacular effort!

  3. Justa Fan | May 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM |

    Great Job Matt, you are talented in both volleyball and basketball and this honor is well deserved. Keep working kid! The skys the limit!

  4. Mat Collins is the man. Great job. You gave S.I. a championship that they would have otherwise never seen. History!

  5. likethankyouuu | May 9, 2011 at 6:24 PM |

    alex arnold got robbed seriously J Balan come on noww

  6. YOUR BIGGEST FAN- | May 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM |

    Mat you were amazing, all through playoffs, and not to mention the unbelieveable win. I’m so proud of you and team mates! Thank you for letting me watch your basketball games and volleyball games. We are so proud of you!

  7. yourssssfinnest | May 10, 2011 at 5:58 PM |

    throw Alex Arnold a bone, fersure player of the week next week tho after takin AAA crown at AT&T

  8. Steve Foy | May 10, 2011 at 6:39 PM |

    Congratulations Mat! Great young man!

  9. The 1st Volleyball championship in SI’s history. You make SI proud, Mat!

  10. Good job to Matt, alex, and ale. Ale hasn’t had any comments about her yet but she did a great job at the champs. Give her some credit too! Four goals scored in one game is something to be proud of.

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