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: Taylor Allen
School: Musselman (Inwood, W.V.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Allen recorded 472 kills, 322 digs, 86 service aces and 16 blocks this past season, leading the Applemen (39-9-1) to the Group AAA state final. The 2011 West Virginia Sports Writers Association Player of the Year, Allen is a three-time Group AAA First Team All-State selection and a three-time Player of the Year for the Martinsburg Journal.
Academic excellence: Allen has maintained a 3.34 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Musselman High student council and her local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, she has volunteered in her area as part of American Red Cross blood-donation drives and the Relay for Life.
“Taylor Allen was fun to watch play,” said Mary Slider, head coach of Frankfort (Ridgeley, W.V.). “She was always a threat. She made whatever she got set -- she took it and turned it into something, no matter what it was. She was like that core player on the floor. The other players could feel her confidence around them.”
Allen remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.