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: Emily Wolfert
School: Yorktown (Ind.)
Position: Middle blocker
Athletic achievement: Wolfert led the Tigers to a 38-2 record and the Class 3A state championship this past season. A Class 3A First Team All-State selection as named by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association, she amassed 679 kills, 113 digs, 99 blocks and 47 service aces while recording a .399 hitting percentage and .501 kill percentage. Wolfert produced 20 kills, four digs and two service aces in a 3-0 state title game sweep of Bishop Chatard (Indianapolis, Ind.).
Academic excellence: Wolfert has maintained a 3.97 GPA in the classroom and serves as a member of both her school’s student government and Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.
Exemplary character: Also a National Honor Society inductee, Wolfert has volunteered as a peer tutor and on behalf of the Kick-Off Mentor Program.
“Wolfert drove the offense,” said Wes Lyon, head coach of rival Muncie Central (Muncie, Ind.). “She made it go. She made a lot of other players look good. Developing methodically over the past four years, she exploded this past year into a great player. More importantly, she’s a great person. She has such a well-rounded resume. That’s something you don’t really see in a high school kid.”
Wolfert has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Michigan’s Hillsdale College beginning in the fall of 2012.