Eye on POY: Arizona volleyball

December, 5, 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.

Macey Gardner
Senior outside hitter, Gilbert (Ariz.)

2011 Team record: 35-10
2011 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2011 Kills: 407
2011 Kill Percentage: .488
2011 Digs: 220
2011 Aces: 38

Academics:
A average
Collegiate destination: Arizona State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All Region; 2011-2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All American

Bianca Arellano
Senior setter, Xavier College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)

2011 Team record: 42-3
2011 Team standing: Lost in Division I semifinals

2011 Kills: 143
2011 Blocks: 89
2011 Digs: 197
2011 Aces: 62
2011 Assists: 1,294

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Tennessee

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 First Team All Region; 2011-2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association First Team All American; Ranked No. 30 by PrepVolleyball.com "Senior Aces"

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.

Hayley Lawless: Seton Catholic (Chandler, Ariz.) senior outside hitter
Amanda Benson: Xavier Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) junior libero
Nikki Hess: Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) 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.

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