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De La Salle's Peter Edwards is the Bay Area News Group-East Bay boys volleyball player of the year. Photographed in Concord, Calif., on Friday, June 8, 2012. (Mark DuFrene/Staff)

There are great high school volleyball careers, and then there is the career of De La Salle's Peter Edwards.

Edwards, a senior, goes out as a two-time North Coast Section Division I champion, the most valuable player of the East Bay Athletic League and a second-team All-American, as chosen by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The 2012 statistics for Edwards, the boys volleyball player of the year, were off the charts.

He had 465 kills this year, an amazing hitting percentage of .470, 196 digs and 92 aces. The Spartans went 34-2 this season and 14-0 in the East Bay Athletic League.

"I would say that Peter has been, if not the most dangerous hitter and server, then one of the most dangerous over the last three years in the area," De La Salle coach Steve Siegmann said. "He is a game changer from the service line and when hitting and is a threat from the front row and back. He is definitely someone the other coaches had to game plan for."

Edwards was a four-year varsity starter -- leading the team in kills for the last three seasons. He finished his career with 1,387 kills, 720 digs and 256 aces.

Statistics clearly make a difference, but where Edwards really shined was by setting an example for the Spartans' younger players.


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"He has meant a lot to this program over the years," Siegmann said. "He has been someone for the younger players and even players his own age to look up to as far as skill, work ethic and success. He has been one of the top performers in the area all four years, and he has been a huge part of the (team's) success of the last two years."

And on top of that, he's never let his success change him, remaining a positive influence and helpful teammate.

"Peter is a great kid. He is very humble, extremely coachable, and is a great teammate," Siegmann said. "Even with all of the success Peter has had as a player, he listened, asked questions, and never talked back to his coaches. I had the opportunity to coach him for three years of club and two years of high school and not once did I think he was flashing attitude or getting too big in the head."