Standing at 6’2”, it is no surprise that Jen Trephan ‘19 is a threat on the volleyball court. However, after being awarded April Girls Athlete of the Month for sand volleyball, her talents have surpassed the ordinary and she is now a two-time Athlete of the Month this year. Also on Varsity soccer, Trephan she plays three sports in a school year.
“It’s really nice. I didn’t think it was possible to get it twice,” said Trephan, “I just like to play a sport every season because it keeps me busy.”
This season Trephan and her partner Paris Short ‘19 held a record of 10-1, only losing to Saddleback Christian during CIF playoffs.
Trephan possesses extraordinary skill in her sports, shown through the accolades that she received this year.
“Jen was the Most Valuable Player of the Marmonte League for the indoor season, where Westlake won its 5th league championship in a row with another undefeated league run, said indoor and sand volleyball coach Ernest Rittenhouse. “Likewise, for sand volleyball, Jen and her partner, Paris Short, were the MVP pair for the league.”
Like any exceptional player, Trephan shines in all aspects of her sport.
“For both sand and indoor, Jen has a rare combination of skills. She can pass, serve, set, hit, block and dig with legit, next level ability,” said Rittenhouse. “Many players can do some of these things well, but very few can do all of them.”
While normally an outside hitter in indoor volleyball, where six people are on the court, having only one other partner on the sand volleyball court requires more out of each player.
“For sand volleyball, you must be a good all-around player to excel,” said Rittenhouse. “She is a real competitor with a strong desire to win.”
Her relationship with sand volleyball partner Short is as strong on court as off court. Shorten admires Trephan abilities as both a player and a friend.
“She does deserve the award because she is good at every position she plays in volleyball,” said Short. “Playing with Jen is fun because we can laugh with each other, and it makes practice more fun when we all get along.”
Trephan’s hard work in practice is apparent in her games, but she also credits her family for their support in her athletic endeavors.
“My whole family has helped me through volleyball,” said Trephan. “[It’s] kind of in our blood.”