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: Katlyn Mataya
School: Burlington-Edison (Burlington, Wash.)
Athletic achievement: Mataya led the Tigers to a 31-0-2 record and the Class 2A state title this past season. She recorded 884 assists, 136 digs, 73 service aces, 46 kills and 40 blocks while posting a hitting percentage of .469. A three-time Northwest Conference MVP, Mataya was also the 2011 Skagit Valley Herald Player of the Year just five months after earning Player of the Year honors from the paper for Track & Field. She concluded her prep volleyball career with school records in assists (3,242) and service aces (243).
Academic excellence: Mataya has maintained a 3.31 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Mataya has volunteered locally as a peer mentor and youth volleyball coach. She’s also donated her time to a fundraising campaign to benefit Skagit Valley Hospital as well as a literacy-outreach program.
“Katlyn Mataya is so determined and athletic and such a leader,” said Katie Zukowski, head coach of Black Hills (Olympia, Wash.). “She has that pizzazz, that pop, that leadership that makes her who she is. She’s one of the best setters I’ve ever seen.”
Mataya remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.