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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Eye on POY: Alaska volleyball

By Joel Beck

The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process ...

Morgan Hooe -- Junior setter, South Anchorage (AK) Wolverines

2011 KILLS: 62
2011 BLOCKS: 30
2011 DIGS: 98
2011 ACES: 25
2011 ASSISTS: 521

2011 Team record: 26-3
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

Collegiate destination: Boise State (verbally committed)

Additional considerations: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament Team; 2011 Chugiak Invitational All-Tournament Team

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Kristi Lauwers -- Senior outside hitter, Dimond (Anchorage, AK) Lynx

2011 KILLS: 282
2011 BLOCKS: 16
2011 DIGS: 377
2011 ACES: 51
2011 ASSISTS: 18

2011 Team record: 28-9
2011 Team standing: Lost in Class 4A state final

Collegiate destination: Undecided

Additional considerations: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament Team

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Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011 campaign …

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