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: Sarah Farmer
School: Tupelo (Miss.)
Position: Middle blocker
Athletic achievement: Farmer led the Golden Wave to a 31-1 record and the Class III state title this past season. She recorded 232 kills, 77 assists, 46 blocks and 30 service aces. Farmer was named to the Class III All-State Tournament team.
Academic excellence: Farmer has maintained an A-plus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: An active member of her church youth group, Farmer has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and youth volleyball programs.
“She can dominate the game at any time from wherever she is on the floor,” said Nick Eddlemon, head coach of rival Center Hill (Olive Branch, Miss.). “She’s an outstanding leader and she pulls up that entire team.”
Farmer will attend Mississippi College next fall, where she will play volleyball.