The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Junior setter, St, Joseph's (St. Louis)
2011 Team record: 24-9
2011 Team standing: Lost in Class 4, District 3 semifinals
2011 Assists: 783
2011 Kills: 49
2011 Blocks: 37
2011 Digs: 182
2011 Aces: 33
Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Cal-Berkeley (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Two-time Class 4 First Team All-State. 2010 PrepVolleyball.com All-American.
Senior middle blocker, Lee's Summit West (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
2011 Team record: 30-6-1
2011 Team standing: Class 4 state runner-up
2011 Kills: 393
2011 Blocks: 80
2011 Digs: 103
2011 Aces: 68
2011 Assists: 9
Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Stanford (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: AVCA Under Armour First Team All-American. Two-time Class 4 First Team All-State. Three-time Academic All-State.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011 campaign.
Lydia Ely: Rosati-Kain (St. Louis) senior middle blocker
Lily Johnson: Lafayette (Mo.) sophmore outside hitter
Kinsey McCarter: Kickapoo (Mo.) senior setter/right-side
Regan Peltier: Nixa (Mo.) senior middle blocker/outside hitter
Meghan Stacy: Ozark (Mo.) senior outside hitter