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: Martenne Bettendorf
School: Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Bettendorf led the Rams to a 33-0 record and a third straight Class 6A state title this past season. She recorded 511 kills, 149 digs, 57 blocks and 30 service aces while posting a hitting percentage of .481. The 2011 Class 6A Player of the Year, Bettendorf was also an American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour First Team All-American selection. She concluded her prep volleyball career with a school-record 1,839 kills.
Academic excellence: Bettendorf has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Bettendorf has volunteered locally at an area homeless shelter, with the Special Olympics and donated hair to Locks of Love.
“Martenne Bettendorf has all the shots a super-talented outside hitter requires,” said Jim Hartner, Bettendorf’s club coach with Northwest Juniors. “She is a major intimidation blocking the net both with speed, timing and penetration. She has become a huge offensive weapon out of the back row and a solid six-rotation passer and defensive player. She is an amazing talent.”
Bettendorf has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Oregon beginning in the fall of 2012.