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: Haley Bonneval
School: Fontainebleau (Mandeville, La.)
Position: Outside hitter/middle blocker
Athletic achievement: Bonneval led the Bulldogs to a 44-1 record and the Division I state title this past season. She recorded 632 kills, 288 digs, 59 service aces, 40 blocks and 20 assists while posting a kill percentage of .440. An American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American, Bonneval is a three-time Division I First Team All-State pick. She concluded her prep volleyball career with 1,628 kills and 581 digs.
Academic excellence: Bonneval has maintained a 4.16 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Bonneval has volunteered locally at the New Orleans Children’s Hospital, on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and as a youth volleyball coach.
“Haley Bonneval may be the best outside hitter from Louisiana in a very long time,” said Jimmy Miranda, the director of the New Orleans Volleyball Club. “Haley leaps very high and hits above everyone. She is probably the only Louisiana player who can play for a high level Division I team.”
Bonneval has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Notre Dame beginning in the fall of 2012.