Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Boys Volleyball: Hibbler Took over for Westminster

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Metro Boys Volleyball: Hibbler Took over for Westminster

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Westminster senior Cameron Hibbler was spent during the second set of the Class 3 championship match against Cape Notre Dame.

Hibbler, the area kills leader, had raised his level with the trophy on the line. The 6-foot-4 outside hitter was hitting through, around and over a constant double or triple team block by the Bulldogs.

Hibbler was so tired that he went to Westminster setter Ricky Brenneman and asked him to set someone else if the opportunity came.

"I was running on fumes," Hibbler said. "As part of the strategy to keep the Cape Notre Dame defense off of me, I asked him to set the middle."

Thankfully for Westminster, Brenneman refused to listen.

Hibbler kept getting set after set, and he kept putting them down, leading Westminster to its first boys volleyball state championship.

His effort earned him the Class 3 Playoff MVP honors as voted on by the coaches. Now, Hibbler has earned the Post-Dispatch All-Metro Boys Volleyball player of the year award.

Westminster coach Jean Evans said Hibbler was unstoppable in the championship match.

"We were calling shots from the bench and he was taking tougher shots with no margin for error and he was making them," Westminster coach Jean Evans said. "There's no coaching that. I told him after the game, that's one of the most dominating performances I've seen from a player in a game and I'll stand by that."

Fittingly, Hibbler ended the match from the service line with three aces.

Hibbler's 6.86 kills average was more than 1.2 kills ahead of the next area player. Hibbler also is one of the area's ace leaders (.63), while posting 402 serve receives and 287 digs.

Despite the gaudy numbers, Hibbler's true strength is his leadership. He was the heart and soul of the entire program.

That leadership is the culmination of a four-year transformation from a shy kid struggling to overcome Asperger's Syndrome to one of the most popular players in the region. No matter what gym he goes into, Hibbler never sees a stranger.

"I was too quiet," Hibbler said. "I didn't like talking in front of people and it wasn't my biggest strong suit. …

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