POY Potential: Top Kansas volleyball recruits

The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five recruits as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Bishop Miege High (Shawnee Mission, KS) right side hitter/setter Shelby Workman

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: No. 65

  • Height: 6-foot

  • Club: KC Power

  • College: Kentucky (verbal)

  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "One of the best all-around players in the 2012 class, Workman is your consummate winner. She was a primary passer and go to attacker on the KC Power team that won the 2009 16 Open USAV title and has been captain of the three-time defending Kansas 5A champions. Workman has a whip for a left arm, every shot in the book and is as steady of a passer as they come. Blessed with good block timing, Workman’s hands make her a fine secondary setter from the right side. A competitive player who thrives on the pressure of the moment, Workman proves time and again her immeasurable value to any team that she plays on. She should immediately play an important role when she puts on the Kentucky jersey in 2012."

2. St. James Academy (Lenexa, KS) setter Paige Brown

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 150

  • Height: 5-foot-6

  • Club: Mavs

  • College: Appalachian State (verbal)

3. Hayden High (Topeka, KS) outside hitter Maura McGivern

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 150

  • Height: 5-foot-11

  • Club: Topeka Impact

  • College: Tulsa (verbal)

4. St. James Academy (Lenexa, KS) libero Sheridan Zarda

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 150

  • Height: 5-foot-5

  • Club: Mavs

  • College: Nebraska (verbal)

5. St. Thomas Aquinas High (Overland Park, KS) right side hitter Megan Spencer

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 150

  • Height: 6-foot-1

  • Club: Invasion

  • College: Georgia (verbal)

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