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Friday, November 4, 2011
POY Potential: Del. volleyball watch list

By Eric Snyder

Gatorade Player of the Year 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 ESPNHS recruit rankings. That being said, these are some of the early contenders who have entered the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point.

Kelly Perillo
Senior outside hitter, Charter School of Wilmington (De.)

2011 Team record: 12-3
2011 Team standing: Play Appoquinimink in first round of state tournament Nov. 5
Additional considerations: 2010-11 Gatorade Delaware Girls Volleyball Player of the Year; 2010 First Team All-State selection

Patreece Spence
Senior outside hitter, Archmere Academy (Claymont, De.)

2011 Team record: 16-1
2011 Team standing: Play St. Georges Tech in first round of state tournament Nov. 5
Additional considerations: 2010 First Team All-State selection;

Lauren Talley
Junior middle blocker, St. Mark's (Wilmington, De.)

2011 Team record: 12-3
2011 Team standing: Play Caesar Rodney in first round of state tournament Nov. 5
Additional considerations: 2010 First Team All-State selection

Lauren Kerrigan
Junior setter, Wilmington Friends School (Wilmington, De.)

2011 Team record: 14-1
2011 Team standing: Play Tower Hill in first round of state tournament Nov. 5
Additional considerations: 2010 Second Team All-State selection

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.

Abbie Mirabella SO OH St. Mark's; Alexa Spence SO OH Archmere; Alexa Wick SR MY Ursuline

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_GPOY.