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Friday, October 14, 2011
POY Potential: Top 3 Va. volleyball recruits

By Eric Snyder

The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top three recruits as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Heritage High (Leesburg, Va.) middle blocker Kelsey Hrebenach
2. Stone Bridge High (Ashburn, Va.) middle blocker Alex Heyn
3. Madeira School (McLean, Va.) outside hitter Breanna Atkinson
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning volleyball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Cheyanne James SR OH Kellam; Glelia Reyes SR OH Heritage

A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.