POY Potential: Top 5 Pa. volleyball recruits

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 five 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. Pine-Richland High (Gibsonia, Pa.) setter Hanna Muzzonigro

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 250

  • Height: 5-foot-10

  • Club: Renaissance

  • College: Notre Dame (verbal)

2. Avon Grove High (West Grove, Pa.) outside hitter Mackenzie Kleespies

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 250

  • Height: 5-foot-9

  • Club: Synergy

  • College: James Madison (verbal)

3. Brandywine Heights High (Topton, PA) middle blocker Alexa Swann

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 250

  • Height: 6-foot-2

  • Club: Synergy

  • College: Virginia Tech (verbal)

4. Hempfield High (Landisville, PA) middle blocker Rachel Lenz

  • Height: 6-foot-2

  • Club: Yorktowne

  • College: Winthrop (verbal)

5. Dover High (Dover, PA) outside hitter Sammie Strausbaugh

  • Height: 5-foot-8

  • Club: Yorktowne

  • College: Jacksonville (verbal)

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 …

Morgan Lowe JR OH Hempfield; Shatori Walker-Kimbrough JR MB Hopewell; Suzanne Horner JR S State College; Taylor Krause JR S Parkland; Nicole Lott JR MB Bishop Shanahan

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.