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Eye on POY: Maine volleyball

12/4/2011

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.

Maggie Bradley

Senior Outside Hitter, Greely High (Cumberland Center, ME)

2011 Team record: 16-0

2011 Team standing: Won Class A state title, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21, over Scarborough

2011 Kills: 175

2011 Blocks: 14

2011 Digs: 134

2011 Aces: 30

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; First Team All-Academic team.

Brittany Bona

Senior Outside Hitter, Scarborough High (Scarborough, ME)

2011 Team record: 14-3

2011 Team standing: Lost in Class A final to Greely, 25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21

2011 Kills: 224

2011 Blocks: 12

2011 Digs: 119

2011 Aces: 69

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State in 2010, 2011; The Forecaster Fall Athlete 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.

Morgan Cahill: Yarmouth High (Yarmouth, ME) SR OH

India Ross: Mt. Desert Island High (Mt. Desert, ME) SR S/OH

Renee Trottier: Biddeford High (Biddeford, ME) SR S/OH

Hannah Tardif: Mt. Desert Island High (Mt. Desert, ME) SR MB

Nicole Rogers: Falmouth High (Falmouth, ME) SR OH

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.