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Eye on POY: New Hampshire volleyball

12/8/2011

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.

Kelsey Berry

Senior outside hitter, Hollis-Brookline (Hollis, N.H.)

2011 Team record: 20-2

2011 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2011 Kills: 224

2011 Blocks: 4

2011 Digs: 220

2011 Aces: 73

2011 Assists: 21

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Division I First Team All-State selection. 17 kills, 15 digs in state championship match.

Maggie Kenney

Senior outside hitter, Merrimack (N.H.)

2011 Team record: 20-2

2011 Team standing: Lost in Division I state championship match

2011 Kills: 355

2011 Blocks: 34

2011 Digs: 315

2011 Aces: 74

2011 Assists: 53

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Division I Player of the Year. 22 kills, 22 digs in state final loss to Hollis-Brookline.

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.

Olivia Broderick: Gilford (N.H.) senior outside hitter

Jessa Krites: Gilford (N.H.) freshman outside hitter

Brenna McNally: Pinkerton (Derry, N.H.) junior outside hitter

Natalie Wingate: Bishop Guertin (Nashua, N.H.) senior outside hitter

Molly Wotton: Dover (N.H.) sophomore middle 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.