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Eye on POY: Maryland volleyball

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.

Alex Holston

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.

Jamie Rombach

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

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_Awards.