Andi Collins Award

Andi Collins Award: Ashburn Set Champlin Park To New Heights

Izzy Ashburn led Champlin Park to the school’s first state championship in any sport this past fall, helping her earn the 2018 Andi Collins Award, given to the nation’s top pure senior setter.

Andi Collins always was a setter. She would have been an adult last year – perhaps traveling the world, perhaps coaching volleyball, perhaps planning a wedding or expecting a child of her own — had invasive breast cancer not taken her life Sept. 4, 2003 at the tender age of 16. At 5-foot-10, Collins, who played for California’s Mater Dei High School and Orange County Volleyball Club, was a hard-working setter with soft hands, quick feet and a disarming smile that eased the worry of her teammates but belied the intensive competitiveness that lurked behind it.

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