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Thursday, October 27, 2011
POY Potential: Top 5 Texas volleyball recruits

By Steve Ouellette

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. Klein Collins High (Spring, TX) Middle Blocker Molly McCage

2. Clear Lake High (Houston, TX) Middle Blocker Kiara Wright

3. Lake Travis High (Austin, TX) Outside Hitter Amy Neal

4. Lake Travis High (Austin, TX) Setter Katy Beals
5. Cypress Falls High (Cypress, TX) Middle Blocker Chanell Clark-Bibbs

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 …

Andie Malloy SR S Lovejoy; Chloe Collins JR S Cy Wooids; Ebony Nwanebu JR MB Lovejoy; Katie Mitchell SR OH Woodlands; Alexis Austin SR MB Cypress Falls; Khourtni Fears SR MB Bellaire; Caitlin Nolan SR L Southlake Carroll; Leah Mikesky SR OH Schulenburg.

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.