Friday, December 9, 2011
Eye on POY: Illinois 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.
Alexis Viliunas is a top candidate for Gatorade Illinois Volleyball Player of the Year
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Purdue
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Conference Player of the Year; PrepVolleyball.com No. 33 "Senior Ace"; 2011-12 AVCA Under Armour Second Team All-American
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.
Meghan Haggerty: Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) senior middle blocker
Jenna Jendryk: Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) senior right side hitter
Abby Gilliland: Marian Central Catholic (Woodstock, Ill.) senior setter
Ally Davis: Hinsdale Central (Hinsdale, Ill.) senior outside 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.