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: Megan Courtney
School: Archbishop Alter (Kettering, Ohio)
Position: Setter/outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Courtney recorded 451 kills, 426 assists, 316 digs, 52 blocks and 36 service aces this past season while posting a kill percentage of .603 and leading the Knights (20-10) to the Division II state final. A three-time First Team All-State selection, she is a 2011-12 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour First Team All-American.
Academic excellence: Courtney has maintained a 3.45 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted parishioner in her church community, where she is a Eucharistic minister, Courtney is a member of her school’s Spanish Club and has volunteered locally as a Catholic Youth Organization volleyball coach.
“Megan Courtney is a fabulous player,” said Tracey Korneau, head coach of rival Lakota West (West Chester Township, Ohio). “She is heads and shoulders above any players I have seen this year.”
Courtney has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Penn State University beginning in the fall of 2012.