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Arizona Volleyball POY: Bianca Arellano

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.

For her 49 fellow Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Bianca Arellano

THE BASICS

School: Xavier College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Setter

Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Arellano led the Gators (42-3) to the Division I semifinals this past season. She recorded 1,294 assists, 197 digs, 143 kills, 89 blocks and 62 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .593. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Arellano is a 2011-12 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour Second Team All-American.

Academic excellence: Arellano has maintained a 3.96 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, Arellano has volunteered locally as an elementary school mentor and on behalf of the Phoenix Baptist Hospital.

THE PRAISE

“Bianca Arellano is an awesome setter and a great player,” said Valorie McKenzie, head coach of rival Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.). “She ran an excellent offense and has a great deal of talent.”

THE FUTURE

Arellano has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Tennessee beginning in the fall of 2012.