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.
Senior Outside Hitter, Lewisburg High (Olive Branch, MS)
2011 Team record: 29-5
2011 Team standing: Won Class I state title
2011 Kills: 368
2011 Blocks: 60
2011 Digs: 44
2011 Aces: 34
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-State Tournament Team in 2010, 2011; Four-time All-Conference.
Senior Middle Blocker, Tupelo High (Tupelo, MS)
2011 Team record: 31-1
2011 Team standing: Won Class III title
2011 Kills: 232
2011 Blocks: 46
2011 Aces: 30
2011 Assists: 77
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Mississippi College
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-State Tournament Team in 2011; Won state titles in 2009, 2011.
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.
Torrie Clark: Long Beach High (Long Beach, MS) SR OH
Hannah Farmer: Tupelo High (Tupelo MS) SR MB
Ashley James: Southaven High (Southaven, MS) SR S/OH
Lynsie Byrd: Ocean Springs High (Ocean Springs, MS) JR OH
Meagan Harkey: St. Joseph Catholic (Madison, MS) SR S/OH