The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.
That being said, the state’s top recruits as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
1. Assumption High (Louisville, KY) Setter Katie George
PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: 81
College: Louisville (verbal)
John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Coaches often talk about having a player who is a coach on the court. George is that player. Ultra competitive and tough as nails, George is an intense and exciting player to watch. As a high school player, she has taken the court as a setter, outside hitter, middle blocker and libero. She will offer that same kind of versatility to Louisville, where she has committed. Recruited to be a setter, George has made a wonderful conversion to the position in the three years since first giving it a try. Not only is she accurate and consistent, she understands the game, and makes decisions based on that knowledge.
2. Greenwood High (Bowling Green, KY) Outside Hitter Courtney Smith
PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 250
College: Morehead State (verbal)
3. Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, KY) Outside Hitter Megan Lipski
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 …
Courtney Crable SO OH Mercy; Amanda Crask SR S Mercy; Samantha Moser JR OH Greenwood; Abbey Bessler JR OH St. Henry; Rachel Fortner JR OH St. Henry; Maya McClendon JR OH Manual;Taylor Snyder SR S Newport Central Catholic; Lynsey Hazelwood SR OH Holy Cross.
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.