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King Of The Court

Edmund Chow has become a standout in volleyball and basketball

May 03, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

Edmund Chow’s season on the hardwood begins in early winter and continues well into the spring.

With the standard the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team has set for deep CIF Southern Section Division V playoff runs in recent years, its often much closer to summer before Chow’s work in the gymnasium is done.

Over his four years at Prep, Chow has risen to an All-CIF level basketball player as the school’s point guard, but he continues to entertain raucous crowds at big games in the school’s gym long after hoops season is over, having developed into one of the top volleyball players in the at Prep, as well.

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“He’s been a major factor [in our success],” says Chris Davis, Chow’s teammate on the volleyball team, which is currently 13-6 and 5-1 in the Prep League for a first-place tie. “He keeps the team focused and able to push through all of our games.”

When he arrived at Prep as a freshman, Chow had only one sport in mind, his first love — basketball. But a benign threat made in jest by Rebels volleyball Coach Sean Beattie, then Chow’s PE teacher, helped plot the course for this two-sport standout.

“It’s kind of a funny story,” Chow says. “He told me if I didn’t play volleyball freshman year, he wouldn’t let me play basketball. I decided to just see what it was like.”

A reigning All-Prep League selection in volleyball and a veteran of two thrilling postseason runs now, Chow’s got no regrets about his decision to give volleyball a try.

It’s been a coup for Beattie, as well, who gained an invaluably versatile and athletic center piece to anchor the Rebels through the storm of Prep League and CIF competition.

As needed, Chow has played opposite hitter, libero and now outside hitter for the Rebels during his three-year varsity career and has performed well at each position.

“It’s one of those things where his athleticism just kind of allows him to do whatever I need him to do and I think he does a great job wherever I put him,” says Beattie, whose team advanced to the CIF semifinals last season after reaching the quarterfinals the year before.

Chow was coming off a junior season in which he was an all-league libero, leading the team in passes with 103 and totaling 87 digs. At the time, Beattie, who’s run the program for going on 13 seasons, called him the best libero he had ever coached.

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