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: Lauren Kerrigan
School: Wilmington Friends School (Wilmington, Del.)
Athletic achievement: Kerrigan recorded 602 assists, 213 digs, 101 service aces, 81 kills and 43 blocks this past season, leading the Quakers (16-3) to the state tournament semifinals. A First Team All-State selection, she averaged 8.7 assists, 3.1 digs and 1.2 kills per set. Kerrigan has recorded 1,889 assists, 227 service aces, 172 kills and 113 blocks in her prep volleyball career as a three-year varsity starter.
Academic excellence: Kerrigan has maintained a 3.43 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Co-founder of a student club called Hope for Haiti benefitting earthquake victims, Kerrigan has also organized a food drive for the needy and has volunteered locally at a camp for diabetic children.
“I’ve coached a lot of good setters over the years and Lauren Kerrigan is special,” said Bob Trinsey, Kerrigan’s coach with the Brandywine Volleyball Club. “All these hitters, they all want to play with her because she makes them better players. She has the whole package.”
Kerrigan will begin her senior year of high school next fall.