A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Caitlin McInerney
School: Laramie (Wyo.)
Position: Setter/middle blocker
Athletic achievement: McInerney recorded 238 assists, 150 kills, 133 digs, 92 blocks and 27 service aces this past season, leading the Plainsmen (27-6) to the Class 4A state championship game. The Class 4A Player of the Year and a three-time First Team All-State selection as named by the Wyoming Coaches Association, she compiled a .290 hitting percentage and .440 kill percentage. McInerney clicked for 21 assists, 15 blocks, 12 digs and nine kills during a 3-1 loss to rival Sheridan (Wyo.) in the state title match.
Academic excellence: Also a basketball and track standout as well as an accomplished clarinetist and choir singer, McInerney has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: In addition to participating locally in peer and youth leadership programs, McInerney has led fundraising efforts on behalf of Invisible Children and donated her time as a youth volleyball instructor.
“Caitlin McInerney made a big-time impact,” said Wendy Bider, head coach of rival Rock Springs (Wyo.). “Laramie swept us in three meetings, and McInerney put a whoop on us every time. They could put her in any position, from setter to middle, and she can make an impact. She’s a well-rounded, all-around player.”
McInerney remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.