Midzik leads Gatorade POY volleyball watch list

ESPNHS editor Eric Snyder has a rundown on the finalists for Massachusetts' Gatorade Player of the Year award in volleyball. Leading the list is Brookline senior outside hitter Maya Midzik, who helped lead the Warriors to the Division 1 state semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Barnstable.

The award will be announced later this month.

From the ESPNHS Gatorade Player of the Year blog:

Maya Midzik

Senior outside hitter/middle blocker, Brookline (Mass.)

2011 Team record: 19-3

2011 Team standing: Lost in Division 1 state semifinals

2011 Kills: 262

2011 Blocks: 15

2011 Digs: 87

2011 Aces: 61

2011 Assists: 5

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Yale (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: USA Volleyball High Performance Department’s 2011 U.S .Women’s Junior A2 Team member. Two-time Division 1 First Team All-State selection.

Cassidy Stankowski

Junior outside hitter, Frontier Regional (South Deerfield, Mass.)

2011 Team record: 23-1

2011 Team standing: Won Division 3 state title

2011 Kills: 276

2011 Blocks: 20

2011 Digs: 143

2011 Aces: 76

2011 Assists: 15

Academics: A-minus average

Collegiate destination: HS junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Three-time Division 3 First Team All-State selection. Starter since seventh grade. More than 1,000 career kills.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011 campaign.

Kayla Crook: Barnstable (Hyannis, Mass.) junior setter

Kaylee Deluga: Barnstable (Hyannis, Mass.) senior outside hitter

Taylor Fearing: Marlboro (Mass.) senior setter