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: Breanna Atkinson
School: The Madeira School (McLean, Va.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Atkinson led the Snails to a 29-2 record and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I state title this past season. She recorded 458 kills, 257 digs, 86 service aces and 36 blocks while posting a hitting percentage of .520 and a kill percentage of .622. The 2011 VISAA Division I Player of the Year, Atkinson is also an American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour First Team All-American selection.
Academic excellence: Atkinson has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Atkinson has volunteered locally for the Special Olympics, as a youth volleyball coach, and she completed an internship in the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) in 2010.
“Bre is truly unbelievable,” said Liz Hall, head coach of Maret School (Washington, D.C.). “Her ability to hang in the air, see what is open and then pound the ball is just plain fun to watch. She is one of the best high school players I have seen in the 23 years I have been coaching in this area.”
Atkinson has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at Duke University beginning in the fall of 2012.