The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Junior outside hitter, Sherwood (Sandy Springs, Md.)
2011 Team record: 19-0
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title
2011 Kills: 267
2011 Blocks: 42
2011 Digs: 123
2011 Aces: 53
2011 Assists: 13
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Florida (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection. 2010 Gazette Player of the Year; Two-time state champion.
Senior outside hitter/setter, Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.te)
2011 Team record: 25-0
2011 Team standing: Won IAAM Class A state title
2011 Kills: 291
2011 Blocks: 33
2011 Digs: 229
2011 Aces: 46
2011 Assists: 260
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 Baltimore Sun First Team All-Metro selection. 2010 Maryland Capitol Gazette Player of the Year.
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.
Lauren Bosse: Towson (Md.) senior outside hitter
Ashley Dumont: Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) senior middle blocker
Taylor Gallart: Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.) junior outside hitter
Trisha Mockapetris: Centennial (Ellicott City, Md.) outside hitter
Chelsea Owensby: Mount de Sales (Catonsville, Md.) junior setter