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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Eye on POY: South Carolina volleyball

By Steve Ouellette

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.

Litsa Darby
Senior Setter, Ashley Hall High (Charleston)

2011 Team record: 39-9-2
2011 Team standing: Lost in finals of SCISA Class 3A tournament

2011 Kills: 111
2011 Blocks: 29
2011 Digs: 305
2011 Aces: 40
2011 Assists: 919

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Region Player of the Year; Four-time All-State selection; 3,884 career assists

Kylie Haun
Senior Outside Hitter, Hillcrest High (Simpsonville)

2011 Team record: 53-5
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title; Ranked No. 80 by PrepVolleyball.com

2011 Kills: 479
2011 Blocks: 24
2011 Digs: 245
2011 Aces: 65
2011 Assists: 95

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Metro State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Class 4A Player of the Year; Two-time All-State selection; School career record for digs, kills

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.

Julia McAvoy: Porter-Gaud School (Charleston, SC) JR OH
Taylor Treacy: Irmo High (Columbia, SC) SR OH
Carley Hoover: Daniel High (Central, SC) JR MB
Natasha Dicks: Aiken High (Aiken, SC) JR MB

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.