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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Missouri Volleyball POY: Alyssa Jensen

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: Alyssa Jensen

THE BASICS

School: St. Joseph’s Academy (St. Louis, Mo.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Setter
Height: 5-foot-11

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Jensen recorded 783 assists, 182 digs, 49 kills, 37 blocks and 33 service aces this past season, leading the Angels (24-9) to the Class 4, District 3 semifinals. A two-time Class 4 First Team All-State selection, she was also a 2010 PrepVolleyball.com All-American when she set a school record with 989 assists.

Academic excellence: Jensen has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Jensen has volunteered locally at the Shriners Hospital for Children, as a youth volleyball coach and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit pancreatic cancer research.

THE PRAISE

“Alyssa is a talented athletic setter,” said Kirstin Olsen of ESPNHS Volleyball. “She is a fiery competitor who grovels for every ball and has good court sense. St. Joseph’s is in good hands with her next season.”

THE FUTURE

Jensen has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at the University of California beginning in the fall of 2013.