Return of the POY: La.'s Katie Lindelow

The 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Name: Katie Lindelow

Position: Outside hitter

Grade: Senior

School: Mandeville (La.)

College: Louisiana State University (verbal)

Height: 6-foot

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Louisiana Volleyball Player of the Year ... led Skippers (24-11) to the Division I state semifinals ... 2010 First Team All-District selection ... 2009 Nola.com All-Metro selection


Academics: 4.4 weighted GPA

Extracurricular activities: student council member ... youth volleyball coach ... church youth group

Danny Tullis, head coach of rival Fontainebleau High: "I don't think I've seen a player come through like Katie Lindelow in a long time. She's the complete package. It's the fact that she defends like a libero and attacks like a 6-4 monster. Her tenacity helps her do all those things. She plays every point like it's the last point she'll ever play in her life."

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning volleyball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Haley Bonneval SR OH/MB Fontainebleau; Katherine Broussard JR OH Metairie Park Country Day

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf. Candidates are judged upon athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must also demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Any class year is eligible, senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.