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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Eye on POY: District of Columbia 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.

Darian Dozier
Darian Dozier is a top candidate for Gatorade District of Columbia Volleyball Player of the Year
Darian Dozier
Senior outside hitter, St. John's (D.C.)

2011 Team record: 21-7
2011 Team standing: Lost in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals

2011 Kills: 438
2011 Kill percentage: .514
2011 Digs: 167
2011 Aces: 49

Academics: 
B average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 Fragile X Classic All-Tournament selection; 2011 Washington Post First Team All-Met; AVCA Under Armour All-American Second Team;

Kathryn Petkevich
Senior setter, Maret School (D.C.)

2011 Team record: 10-9
2011 Team standing: Third place in Independent School League

2011 Assists: Averages about seven per game

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: School Name (commitment)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Fragile X Classic All-Tournament; 2010 First Team All League

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.

LaQuita Williams: Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) seniro middle blocker
Helen Daly: St. John's (D.C.) senior outside hitter/middle blocker
Zoe Van Den Brink: Washington International (D.C.) senior right side hitter

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_Awards.