Sunday, December 4, 2011
Eye on POY: Oregon volleyball
By Eric Snyder
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.
Martenne Bettendorf Senior outside hitter, Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)
2011 Team record: 33-0
2011 Team standing: Won Class 6A state title
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS junior
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 Class 4A State Player of the Year. Three-time State Final match MVP.
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.