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New Mexico Volleyball POY: Julia Warren

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: Julia Warren

THE BASICS

School: La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.)

Grade: Junior

Position: Outside hitter

Height: 6-foot-1

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Warren recorded 618 kills, 455 digs, 78 blocks, 78 service aces and 57 assists this past season while posting a hitting percentage of .445 and leading the Bears (18-4) to the Class 5A state semifinals. The state leader in both kills and digs, she is a Class 5A First Team All-State selection and was one of 33 players invited to the USA Volleyball High Performance Women’s Junior A2 Team’s summer camp in July, 2011. Warren has collected 1,035 kills and 807 digs in her prep volleyball career.

Academic excellence: Warren has maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Warren has volunteered locally with a literacy-outreach program, as a Special Olympics coach and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with the Young Life ministry.

THE PRAISE

“Julia Warren has got a lot of different shots,” said Al Rosen, head coach of Gadsden (Anthony, N.M.). “She’s very powerful. She handles the ball, defends -- I even saw her as a setter last year when they were shorthanded. She carried that team, period.”

THE FUTURE

Warren has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at the University of New Mexico beginning in the fall of 2013.