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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Rhode Island Volleyball POY: Kelsey Lace

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.

THE WINNER: Kelsey Lace

THE BASICS

School: Mount St. Charles Academy (Woonsocket, R.I.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lace recorded 281 kills, 116 digs, 80 service aces and 39 blocks this past season while posting a hitting percentage of .537 and leading the Mounties (17-1) to the Division I state semifinals. The 2011 Rhode Island Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year, she recorded double-digit kills in 16 of 18 matches, including 21 kills in a 3-1 loss to Ponaganset (North Scituate, R.I.) in the state semifinals.

Academic excellence: Lace has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Lace has volunteered locally as an elementary school aide, a peer Spanish tutor and as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit ovarian cancer and autism research.

THE PRAISE

“Kelsey Lace has a good whip, a big block and can do pretty much everything -- even take tickets at the match,” said Scott Reslow, head coach of Toll Gate (Warwick, R.I.). “Kelsey always seemed to be the best player in the gym night in and night out.”

THE FUTURE

Lace has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at New York’s University of Saint Rose beginning in the fall of 2012.