POY Potential: Iowa top volleyball recruits

October, 18, 2011
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. Williamsburg High (Williamsburg, IA) Outside Hitter Mackenzie Bigbee

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: 36
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Club: Six Pack
  • College: Iowa State (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "One of the best blockers in the nation, she can take over a match shutting down the opposing team’s outside hitters, something she did with such effectiveness that she was named 18 National MVP in Atlanta several weeks ago. A lefty, Bigbee has taken her offensive game to a new level in the past year. She has a beautiful arm swing that is power packed and knows how to mix in the right shot as well. A 10-5 toucher, the bigger the match the higher Bigbee takes her level of play."
2. Waverly-Shell Rock High (Waverly, IA) Outside Hitter Morgan Kuhrt

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 120
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Club: Six Pack
  • College: Iowa State (verbal)
3. Tripoli High (Tripoli, IA) Middle Blocker Megan Gilbert

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 250
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Club: Six Pack
  • College: St. Louis (verbal)
4. Waverly-Shell Rock High (Waverly, IA) Setter Kinsey Caldwell

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 250
  • Height: 5-foot-8
  • Club: Six Pack
  • College: UNLV (verbal)
5. Kennedy High (Cedar Rapids, IA) Setter/Outside Hitter Allie Hutcheson

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 250
  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Club: Iowa Rockets
  • College: Northern Colorado (verbal)
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning volleyball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Brooke Wolterstorff JR MB Western Christian; Chloe Miller JR OH Pleasant Valley; Jennie Sindlinger JR OH Charles City.

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.



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