Eye on POY: Minnesota volleyball

December, 4, 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.

Sarah Wilhite
file photoSarah Wilhite is a top candidate for Gatorade Minnesota Volleyball Player of the Year
Sarah Wilhite
Junior outside hitter, Eden Prairie (MN)

2011 Team record: 27-6
2011 Team standing: Won Class AA state title

2011 Kills: 636
2011 Blocks: 60
2011 Digs: 278
2011 Aces: 33

Academics:
A average
Collegiate destination: Wisconsin (verbally committed)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All-Conference; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference

Alyssa Goehner
Sophomore outside hitter, Lakeville North (Lakeville, MN)

2011 Team record: 27-6-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in Class AA state final

2011 Kills: 714
2011 Blocks: 31
2011 Digs: 342
2011 Aces: 38

Academics:
B average
Collegiate destination: HS Sophomore

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

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.

Taylr McNeil: Eagan (MN) sophomore outside hitter
Julia Doyle: Wayzata (Minneapolis, MN) senior setter
Leigh Pudwill: Centennial (Circle Pines, MN) senior 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.

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