Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Nebraska Volleyball POY: Kadie Rolfzen
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: Kadie Rolfzen
School: Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Rolfzen led the Titans to a 41-0 record and a second consecutive Class A state championship this past season. The returning ESPNHS co-National Sophomore Player of the Year, she amassed 402 kills, 382 digs and 53 service aces while posting a .439 hitting percentage. Rolfzen recorded 15 kills and 15 digs in the 3-0 state title game sweep of Burke (Omaha, Neb.). The Most Valuable Player of the 2010 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior Olympic Championships, she is a member of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team. Rolfzen compiled 405 kills, 280 digs and 46 service aces as a sophomore in 2010.
Academic excellence: Also a basketball standout, Rolfzen has maintained a 4.54 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and the National Honor Society, Rolfzen has volunteered locally on behalf of her church community as well as the Special Olympics. She has also donated her time as an elementary school classroom assistant and as a youth athletic instructor.
“Naturally, with the immense talent of the Rolfzen twins, it seems like it’s Kadie’s turn as Gatorade State Player of the Year,” said Kirstin Olsen of ESPNHS Volleyball. “She stepped up her game to another level this year, improving all aspects and turning it on in big matches against Pius X (Lincoln, Neb.), St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.) and Marian (Omaha, Neb.). She led her team in kills and also emerged as a leader and positive influence. She is well deserving of this honor and will continue to grow as a player.”
Rolfzen will begin her senior year of high school next fall and has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Nebraska beginning in the fall of 2013.