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

By Joel Beck

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's Senior Aces rankings.

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

1. Bishop Kelley High (Tulsa, Okla.) middle blocker Oyinkan “Inky” Ajanaku
2. Cache High (Cache, Okal.) outside hitter Madison Ward

Owasso High (Owasso, Okla.) outside hitter Aubrey Marsellis

Bartlesville High (Bartlesville, Okla.) right side hitter Sadie Schaffner
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.