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: Jenna Ellis
School: Century (Pocatello, Idaho)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Ellis led the Diamondbacks to a 36-4 record and a second consecutive Class 4A state championship this past season. Also the Player of the Year as named by the Idaho State Journal, she amassed 454 kills, 439 digs, 65 service aces and 18 blocks while recording a .408 hitting percentage and .546 kill percentage. The two-time Class 4A Player of the Year, Ellis totaled 19 kills, 19 digs, six service aces and three blocks in a 3-1 Class 4A state title clincher against Skyview (Nampa, Idaho). She led the Intermountain Volleyball Association to a gold medal at the 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance Girls’ International Youth Championships.
Academic excellence: Ellis has maintained a 4.00 weighted GPA in the classroom and serves on her school’s student council.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and Century’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, Ellis has also donated her time locally as a youth volleyball instructor.
“She is a fantastic player who executes all the skills exceptionally well,” said Kevin Murphy, head coach of rival Skyview. “Ellis willed her team to a state title with her skills and leadership. What a competitor! We played in tournaments throughout much of the state this year, and Ellis was by far the toughest player we went up against.”
Ellis has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Idaho beginning in the fall of 2012.