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Eye on POY: Wisconsin volleyball

12/3/2011

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.

Kaysie Shebeneck

Junior setter/right side hitter, Burlington (Wisc.)

2011 Team record: 39-9

2011 Team standing: Won Division 1 state title

2011 Kills: 117

2011 Blocks: 49

2011 Digs: 104

2011 Aces: 23

2011 Assists: 754

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Texas A & M (verbally committed)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State selection; 2011 State Tournament MVP

Emily Riese

Senior right side hitter/setter, Fond du Lac (Wisc.)

2011 Team record: 36-14-1

2011 Team standing: Lost Division 1 state final

2011 Kills: 457

2011 Blocks: 48

2011 Digs: 506

2011 Aces: 61

2011 Assists: 804

Academics: B-minus average

Collegiate destination: North Dakota State (verbally committed)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 Second Team All-State

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.

Katie Stadick: Watertown (Wisc.) junior middle blocker

Melissa Morello: Nicolet (Wisc.) senior outside hitter

Aly Dawson: Catholic Memorial (Waukesha, Wisc.) junior outside hitter

Ciara Capezio: Burlington (Wisc.) junior outside hitter

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.