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Eye on POY: Kentucky 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.

Katie George

Senior Setter/Outside Hitter, Assumption High (Louisville, KY)

2011 Team record: 43-1

2011 Team standing: Won state title, 25-13, 25-18, over Greenwood

2011 Kills: 114

2011 Blocks: 18

2011 Digs: 197

2011 Aces: 75

2011 Assists: 683

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Louisville (letter of intent)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Team ranked No. 3 by PrepVolleyball.com; Kentucky Miss Volleyball; First Team All-State; State Tournament MVP.

Courtney Smith

Senior Outside Hitter, Greenwood High (Bowling Green, KY)

2011 Team record: 27-17

2011 Team standing: Lost in state final to Assumption, 25-13, 25-18

2011 Kills: 401

2011 Blocks: 18

2011 Digs: 336

2011 Aces: 82

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Morehead State (letter of intent)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Three-time First Team All-State; Region 4 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.

Megan Lipski: Sacred Heart High (Louisville, KY) SR OH

Amanda Crask: Mercy High (Louisville, KY) SR S

Courtney Crable: Mercy High (Louisville, KY) SO OH

Jayden Julian: Holy Cross High (Covington, KY) SR OH

Maya McClendon: DuPont Manual High (Louisville, KY) JR OH

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.