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.
Senior outside hitter/middle blocker, Fontainebleau (Mandeville, La.)
2011 Team record: 44-1
2011 Team standing: Won Division I state title
2011 Kills: 632
2011 Blocks: 40
2011 Digs: 288
2011 Aces: 59
2011 Assists: 20
Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Notre Dame (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 86 in Senior Aces by PrepVolleyball.com. Three-time First Team All-State selection. 2011 USA Continental Women's National High Performance Team member.
Junior outside hitter, Metairie Park Country Day School (Metairie, La.)
2011 Team record: 27-8
2011 Team standing: Won Division V state title
2011 Kills: 298
2011 Blocks: 24
2011 Digs: 321
2011 Aces: 32
Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS junior
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Three-time Division V state tournament MVP. Three-time Division V First Team All-State selection. 2010 New Orleans Times Picayune Small Schools Metro Player of the Year.
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.
Fayette Adelaja: Parkview Baptist School (Baton Rouge, La.) senior outside hitter
Marlee Bean: Mt. Carmel Academy (New Orleans, La.) senior setter
Brittany Deckwa: De La Salle (New Orleans, La.) junior outside hitter
Katie Lindelow: Mandeville (La.) senior outside hitter
Delores Taylor: O. Perry Walker (New Orleans) junior middle blocker