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Athlete of the week - Sean Ham

Ridge spiker brings numerous qualities to squad

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Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 11:00 pm

When highly successful Ironwood Ridge girls' volleyball coach Bill Lang was contemplating a return to the boys' team he left in 2005, he weighed more than a few factors.

One of them – returning senior setter Sean Ham.

"Sean was one of most attractive parts about taking the new job," said Lang. "He's just such a competitor."

In a 3-0 loss to Catalina Foothills on Thursday, Ham led the 8-10 Nighthawks in nearly every statistical category, notching 18 assists, 15 digs, four blocks and one ace.

"Against Foothills we really started to see him compete and manage his team," said Lang.

Even more impressive – Ham missed out on the early part of the volleyball season as a member of the Nighthawk basketball team that lost in the state championship game April 7.

"Sean missed a lot because of basketball, but (assistant) coach (Melissa) Ohta has been working closely with him, and he’s really starting to emerge," said Lang.

That emergence is something that Lang believes is necessary for his team to be successful this season.

"I read a book by (a college coach) that said each team needs three things: a rock, a winner and a stud," said Lang. "I singled Sean out early as our winner. He needs to make everyone go."

"He’s emerging as the leader I thought he could be," said Lang.

The Nighthawks' prospects for the rest of the season, while not solely up to Ham, will most certainly benefit from another quality the senior possesses, according to Lang.

"He hates to lose,” said the coach. “Sean walks that edge that you want your leader to have: sometimes he’s a little crazy – and that’s what you want.”

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Aug. 21

Hamilton @ Ironwood Ridge

Rio Rico @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Desert Edge

Aug. 28

CDO @ Gilbert

Mountain View @ La Joya Community

Pueblo @ Catalina Foothills

Pusch Ridge @ Bisbee

Sep. 4

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Westwood @ Ironwood Ridge

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Sep. 11

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Sep. 18

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Ironwood Ridge @ Tucson High

Buena @ Mountain View

Marana @ Tempe

Catalina Foothills @ Rincon/University

Pusch Ridge @ Amphi

Sep. 25

Buena @ CDO

Sahuaro @ Ironwood Ridge

Mountain View at Cienega

Marana @ Catalina Foothills

Cholla @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 2

CDO @ Ironwood Ridge

Queen Creek @ Mountain View

Nogales @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Safford

Sahuarita @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 9

Poston Butte @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge @ Queen Creek

Shadow Ridge @ Mountain View

Marana @ Desert View

Nogales @ Catalina Foothills

Pusch Ridge @ Flowing Wells

Oct 16

CDO @ Queen Creek

Ironwood Ridge @ Marcos de Niza

Mountain View @ Poston Butte

Rincon/University @ Marana

Catalina Foothills @ Sabino

Pueblo @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 23

Mountain View @ CDO

Poston Butte @ Ironwood Ridge

Marana @ Safford

Desert View @ Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove @ Pusch Ridge

Oct. 30

CDO @ Campo Verde 

Ironwood Ridge @ Mountain View

Sabino @ Marana

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