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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
POY Potential: Top Neb. volleyball recruits

By Ben Rohrbach

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 senior recruits as ranked by are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

POY Potential: Lauren Sieckmann
Lauren Sieckmann is Nebraska's No. 1 senior recruit.
1. Elkhorn South (Elkhorn, Neb.) setter and 2009-10 Gatorade Nebraska Volleyball Player of the Year Luaren Sieckmann
Central Catholic (Grand Island, Neb.) setter/right-side hitter Katie Brand

Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.) middle blocker Cassie Effken

Lourdes Central Catholic (Nebraska City, Neb.) middle blocker Kayla Haneline

Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.) middle blocker Lauren Smith
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 …

2010-11 Gatorade Nebraska Volleyball Player of the Year Amber Rolfzen JR OH Papillion-La Vista South; Kadie Rolfzen JR OH Papillion-La Vista South; Kelly Hunter JR S/RS Papillion-La Vista South; Janaya Fox SR OH Bellevue East; Katie Hughes SR OH Seward

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.