SIXTH SENSE; LA REINA RELIES ON AN UNCANNY RAPPORT.
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The on-court communication between the duo is one reason Ryan is considered one of the top returning players in the area this fall, and why the Regents are a team on the rise in Division IV-AA.
``Right now I'm very used to the way she sets, and that helps us quite a bit on the court,'' Ryan said. ``She knows where I like my sets, and we have real good communication. Usually we don't even have to talk, we know what the other is thinking and doing.
``We really are like a team. We have the same intensity level, and we've both been going hard this summer. During the club season, we were so united that we want to carry that over to the high school season.''
La Reina has won five consecutive Tri-Valley League championships, and coach Don Hyatt said this year's success hinges Hinges may refer to:
``Jennifer has become a leader,'' Hyatt said. ``Most of it comes from her physical ability, because she stands out in practice. She's not the one who will go up and get in a player's face, but she does it by going nonstop HP's brand name for its fault-tolerant servers, which range in size from four CPUs to 4,000 CPUs. The NonStop line was created by Tandem Computers, which was acquired by Compaq, which later became part of HP. in practice and by staying extremely focused.
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Ryan became a standout on the court with an exceptional sophomore season. Ryan was one of only three sophomores among 62 players on the All-CIF first teams. Hyatt is expecting more.
``During the summer I was helping the team work out on the court,'' Hyatt said. ``Now, I have quite a bit of experience playing volleyball, but I was on the other end of her hits, and she almost knocked me over a couple times.
``Her confidence is growing all the time, and her expectations of herself are getting higher. Last year I think she was kind of shocked at her own success, but this year I've already told her that she's probably going to be 50 percent of our offense, and she will get the ball on all the crucial points. Nobody is going to stop her, unless she stops herself.''
So the bad news for opponents is that Ryan has improved. The worst news is that Ryan admits, and her coach agrees, that they are just beginning to tap her potential.
``I'd say we're probably seeing about 70 percent of what she can be,'' Hyatt said.
Ryan spent the summer working on her footwork and quickness, and using virtual reality-type training to improve her vertical jump. Also, her work with Hain on their club team, which won the 16-and-under division at the prestigious Davis Volleyball Festival, has prepared her for a high level of competition.
``The thing I've probably improved most is my quickness in the back row,'' Ryan said. ``I can get to a few more balls this season, and I'm reading the ball a lot better. I just think my overall knowledge of the game is better.''
The pressure of expectations seems to roll off Ryan quite easily, and she openly discusses what she would like to accomplish this season.
``We're hoping to win league and go all the way and win a CIF (1) (Common Intermediate Format) A standard video format used in videoconferencing. CIF formats are defined by their resolution, and standards both above and below the original resolution have been established. The original CIF is also known as Full CIF (FCIF). title,'' Ryan said. ``We've never passed the quarterfinals, but people expect a lot from us. La Reina definitely has a name to uphold up·hold
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``I feel a little pressure personally, but not much. Volleyball is the ultimate team sport, because one player can't do everything. In order to hit you have to have a good set, and to have a good set you have to have a good pass.''
The Regents appear to have the setting and hitting part down to near-perfection, and in part because of her work in the offseason, Ryan is ready to shine.
``I can put Ashlie in there with any middle blocker and they will do fine, but with Jennifer it's something special,'' Hyatt said. ``Jennifer is a very emotional player, but if you're going to be a leader you have to eliminate the peaks and valleys. That's going to be key, to keep our emotions in check and don't have highs or lows, but it's hard to see Jennifer not having any highs - that's just the kind of player she is.''
Player: Jennifer Ryan
Team: La Reina volleyball
Position: Middle blocker
Highlights: As a sophomore last season, led the Regents to their fifth consecutive Tri-Valley League championship and the quarterfinals of the CIF Division IV-AA playoffs. . . . Named MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip. of Tri-Valley League and was first-team All-CIF in Division IV. . . . Led the Regents with 303 kills, 110 digs, 64 aces and 186 service points last season. . . . Played club volleyball with Malibu-based Sport Shack with La Reina teammate Ashlie Hain.
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PHOTO (1 -- color -- cover) La Reina;s Jennifer Ryan is the best on the block as the '99 girls' volleyball season kicks off
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