Eye on POY: Hawaii volleyball

December, 8, 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.

Tayler Higgins
photo courtesy of ScoringLive.comHiggins is a top candidate for Gatorade Hawaii Volleyball Player of the Year
Tayler Higgins
Junior setter, Punahou (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team record: 15-0
2011 Team standing: Won Division I state title

State Tournament Averages
2011 Kills per match:
3.7
2011 Hitting Percentage: .421
2011 Digs per match: 5.3
2011 Assists per match: 31.7

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Hawaii (verbally committed)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year; Division I State Tournament MVP

Tai Manu-Olevau
Senior outside hitter, Punahou (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team record: 15-0
2011 Team standing: Won Division I state title

State Tournament Averages
2011 Kills per match:
8.3
2011 Kill Percentage: .352
2011 Digs per match: 5

Academics:
B average
Collegiate destination: Hawaii

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

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.

Misty Ma'a: Kamehameha (Honolulu, HI) senior outside hitter
Haley Pa'akaula: Kamehameha (Honolulu, HI) senior middle hitter
Brittney Markwith: Punahou (Honolulu, HI) junior middle blocker

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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