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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Texas Volleyball POY: Amy Neal

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 49 fellow Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year winners, click here.

National POY Watch: Amy Neal
Amy Neal earned MVP honors at this summer's 17 Open USA Volleyball Girls' Junior Nationals Volleyball Championships.
THE WINNER: Amy Neal

THE BASICS

School: Lake Travis (Austin, Texas)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Neal led the Cavaliers to a Texas-record 50-0 season, the Class 4A state title and a No. 2 national ranking in the ESPNHS Fab 50 this fall. A 2011-12 Under Armour First Team All-American, she recorded 538 kills, 287 digs and 63 service aces. Neal is a two-time Class 4A State Tournament MVP and a two-time member of the Lone Star Volleyball All-Texas Team. She was also named MVP of the USA Volleyball 17 Open Girls’ Junior National Championships.

Academic excellence: Neal has maintained a 3.39 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, Neal has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics.

THE PRAISE

“Amy Neal is an amazing player,” said Rebekah Almanza, head coach of rival Cedar Park (Texas). “Her technique is perfect, she puts such velocity on the ball and she’s able to elevate. When she turns it on, it doesn’t matter who is around her defensively.”

THE FUTURE

Neal has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Texas beginning in the fall of 2012.