A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Kaysie Shebeneck
School: Burlington (Wisc.)
Position: Setter/right-side hitter
Athletic achievement: Shebeneck led the Demons to a 39-9 record and the Division I state title this past season. She recorded 754 assists, 154 kills, 104 digs, 49 blocks and 23 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .474. A 2011 First Team All-State selection, Shebeneck was named the 2011 Division I State Tournament MVP after distributing 23 assists with 16 kills and 12 digs in a three-set, title-clinching win over Fond du Lac (Wisc.).
Academic excellence: Shebeneck has maintained a 4.01 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Shebeneck has volunteered locally on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as a peer tutor and youth volleyball coach.
“Kaysie Shebeneck’s ability as a setter is what really makes her stand out as a player,” said Perris Cooley, head coach of rival Eau Claire North (Eau Claire, Wisc.). “Burlington had the best team in the state and I think she was their best all-around player.”
Shebeneck has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at Texas A&M University beginning in the fall of 2013.