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: Makenna Lommori
School: Yerington (Nev.)
Position: Setter/right-side hitter
Athletic achievement: Lommori led the Lions (36-6) to the Class 2A state title this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year, she recorded 527 kills, 444 assists, 308 digs and 89 service aces. Lommori was named state Class 2A MVP for the second straight season and is a three-time First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Lommori has maintained a 3.88 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Lommori has volunteered locally on behalf of youth volleyball camps and has served as a member of her school’s student government.
“Lommori is one of the best volleyball players I’ve ever had to coach against,” said Diane Chapin, head coach of rival Fernley (Nev.). “She does it all -- sets, hits, blocks. She’s very versatile. She runs her team, and trying to get around her is tough.”
Lommori has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Central Connecticut State University beginning in the fall of 2012.