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Thursday, October 13, 2011
POY Potential: Top Calif. volleyball recruits

By Ben Rohrbach

The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five recruits as ranked by are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Wilson High (Long Beach, Calif.) setter Rebecca Strehlow
2. Mountain View High (Calif.) outside hitter Brittany Howard
3. Palo Alto High (Calif.) right-side hitter/middle blocker Melanie Wade
4. Frontier High (Bakersfield, Calif.) outside hitter Kelsey Fien
5. Newport Harbor High (Newport Beach, Calif.) setter Cinnamon Sary
A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.