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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Arkansas Volleyball POY: Shayne Wiedemann

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: Shayne Wiedemann

THE BASICS

School: Bentonville (Ark.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Wiedemann led the Tigers to a 32-5-2 record and the Class 7A state title this past season. She recorded 356 kills, 207 digs and 41 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .455. A two-time First Team All-State selection and a 2011-12 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American, Wiedemann was named MVP of the Class 7A state tournament.

Academic excellence: Wiedemann has maintained a 3.47 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community and her school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, Wiedemann has volunteered locally as a swim instructor, as part of an elementary education literacy outreach initiative and on behalf of an area assisted living facility.

THE PRAISE

“Shayne Wiedemann is a great athlete,” said Amanda Williford, head coach of rival Springdale (Ark.). “She has been an unstoppable outside hitter and she is going to be a great asset to any program, not only as a great student but as a teammate as well.”

THE FUTURE

Wiedemann has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Pittsburg State University beginning in the fall of 2012. She will graduate early to begin attending classes on the Pittsburg campus during the upcoming spring semester.