Eye on POY: Michigan volleyball

December, 6, 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.

Maddy Doyle
file photoMaddy Doyle is a top candidate for Gatorade Michigan Volleyball Player of the Year
Maddy Doyle
Senior outside hitter, Mercy (Farmington Hills, Mich.)

2011 Team record: 65-4
2011 Team standing: Lost in Class A Regional Final

2011 Kills: 717
2011 Blocks: 107
2011 Digs: 501
2011 Aces: 55

Academics:
A average
Collegiate destination: George Washington

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Michigan Miss Volleyball; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-League

Andrea Kacsits
Senior middle hitter, Rockford (Mich.)

2011 Team record: 60-8
2011 Team standing: Won Class A state title

2011 Kills: 555
2011 Blocks: 95
2011 Digs: 259
2011 Aces: 106

Academics:
A average
Collegiate destination: Ohio State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour All-American Honorable Mention

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.

Adrianna Culbert: Kellogg (Delton, Mich.) senior setter/outside hitter
Paige Neuenfeldt: Seaholm (Birmingham, Mich.) senior middle blocker
Mary Henry: Marian (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) senior setter
Alexis Huntey: Rockford (Mich.) 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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