Eye on POY: Kansas Volleyball

December, 1, 2011
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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 ...

Paige Brown -- Senior setter, St. James Academy (Lenexa, KS) Thunder

2011 KILLS: 59
2011 BLOCKS: 70
2011 DIGS: 312
2011 ACES: 45
2011 ASSISTS: 1,010

2011 Team record: 45-1
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

Collegiate destination: Appalachian State (verbally committed)

Additional considerations: 2011 Evelyn Gates Award winner; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; Class 4A Kansas Volleyball Association Player of the Year; 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association nominee

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Sheridan Zarda -- Senior libero, St. James Academy (Lenexa, KS) Thunder

2011 DIGS: 517
2011 ACES: 21
2011 ASSISTS: 35

2011 Team record: 45-1
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

Collegiate destination: Nebraska (verbally committed)

Additional considerations: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection; 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Nominee;

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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 …

  • Shelby Workman -- Senior right side hitter, Bishop Miege (Shawnee Mission, KS) Stags
  • Dani Musselman -- Senior outside hitter, Washburn Rural (Topeka, KS) Blues
  • Tena Loewen -- Junior outside hitter, Hillsboro (KS) Trojans
Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at poy@risemag.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_GPOY.

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