POY Potential: Md. volleyball watch list

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 ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, these are some of the early contenders who have entered the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point …

Lauren Bosse -- Senior outside hitter, Towson High (Md.)

  • 2011 Team record: 14-1

  • 2011 Team standing: Play Franklin High in Class 3A North Region first round Nov. 3 or Nov. 4

  • Additional considerations: Led Towson to 2010 Class 3A state championship; 2010 Baltimore Sun First Team All-Metro selection

Taylor Gallart -- Junior outside hitter, Academy of the Holy Cross(Kensington, Md.)

  • 2011 Team record: 13-4

  • 2011 Team standing: Play Paul VI in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals Nov. 1

  • Additional considerations: 2010 First Team All-WCAC; 2010 PrepVolleyball.com Sophomore Watch List

Rachael Holehouse -- Senior outside hitter, Fallston High (Md.)

  • 2011 Team record: 13-2

  • 2011 Team standing: Play Harford Tech in Class 2A East Region first round Nov. 3 or Nov. 4

  • Additional considerations: Led Fallston to 2010 Class 2A state title; 2010 Baltimore Sun First Team All-Metro selection

Alex Holston -- Junior outside hitter, Sherwood High (Sandy Springs, Md.)

  • 2011 Team record: 13-0

  • 2011 Team standing: Play in Class 4A North Region second round on Nov. 7

  • Additional considerations: Led Sherwood to 2010 Class 4A state title; 2010 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection

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 …

Trisha Mockapetris JR OH Centennial; Chelsea Owensby JR S Mount de Sales; Jamie Rombach SR OH/S Spalding; Ashlyn Tapley SR OH Anne Arundel; Lindsay Tapley SR S/RS Anne Arundel; Hannah Wohltmann SR OH Towson

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_GPOY.