High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Alina Garciamendez
December, 3, 2011
By Eric Snyder | ESPN.com
Derick E. Hingle/US Presswire2010 Gatorade Girls Soccer National Player of the Year Mollie Pathman is one win away from a national title.For the sixth straight year, a Gatorade Girls Soccer National Player of the Year will be a national champion. Mollie Pathman, the 2010 National Player of the Year, scored two goals for Duke on Saturday as the Blue Devils routed ACC rival Wake Forest, 4-1, to advance to the National Championship game against unbeaten Stanford, which boasts a pair of Gatorade National POYs in Teresa Noyola (2008) and Rachel Quon (2009).
Either Pathman or Noyola and Quon will follow in the footsteps of 2007 Gatorade winner Melissa Henderson, who won the national title with Notre Dame a year ago; 2004 winner Ashlyn Harris, who won in 2006, 2008 and 2009 with North Carolina; 2005 winner Amy Rodriguez who led USC to the 2007 title; and 2003 winner Heather O'Reilly, who teamed with Harris to win the 2006 title with UNC.
Noyola and Quon are two of seven Gatorade state winners on the Stanford roster, with Chioma Ubogagu (2010, Texas), Kristy Zurmuhlen (2008, New Hampshire) and Alina Garciamendez (2009, Texas) all scoring goals in the Cardinal's 3-0 national semifinal win over Florida State.
Pathman is one of six state winners for Duke, which also got goals from Kim DeCesare (2009, New York) and Kaitlyn Kerr (2009, 2010, New Jersey) in the 4-1 win over Wake Forest.
December, 2, 2011
By Eric Snyder | ESPN.com
Gerry Broome/AP2008 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year Teresa Noyola leads Stanford into the College Cup.When the Women's Soccer College Cup gets underway Friday in Kennesaw, Ga., it's going to be hard to watch one second of action without seeing a former Gatorade Player of the Year on the field. Stanford, Duke, Florida State and Wake Forest boast 17 Gatorade Player of the Year winners on their rosters, including three national winners.
Stanford, the No. 1 overall seed, has two of those national winners in senior midfielder Teresa Noyola (2008, Calif.) and junior defender Rachel Quon (2009, Ill.). Noyola, the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, is a three-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection. The Cardinal, who have lost in the national title game each of the last two years, also feature starters Kristy Zurmuhlen (2008, N.H.), Alina Garciamendez (2008, Texas) and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Chioma Ubogagu (2010, Texas) as well as Alex Doll (2010, 2011, Md.) and the injured Courtney Verloo (2007, 2008, Ore.).
Stanford will face Florida State in the day's first semifinal. The Seminoles, the ACC Tournament champions, are led by three-time Gatorade winner Tiffany McCarty (2006, 2007, 2008, Washington D.C.), a First-Team All-ACC selection. Defender Kassey Kallman (2010, Minn.) led the Seminoles in minutes played, and Ella Stephan 2007, Fla.) started 15 games.
October, 26, 2011
By Chad Konecky | ESPN.com
Chris MachianThe 2008-09 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year, Gina Mancuso has helped lead the Nebraska women's volleyball team to the nation's No. 1 ranking.The University of Nebraska women's volleyball squad ripped the nation's No. 1 ranking away from Illinois this week, while Stanford retained its vice grip atop the women's soccer Top 25. Each team has relied heavily on former Gatorade Player of the Year award-winners to reach its lofty perch.
Five players have started all 18 matches for the Cornhuskers this fall and four are former POYs, including 2008-09 Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year Gina Mancuso of Papillion-La Vista (Omaha, Neb.). The junior hitter currently leads the team with 251 kills.
Mancuso is joined in the Big Red starting lineup by fellow State POY alumni Lauren Cook (2007-08 Nebraska), Hannah Werth (2008-09 Illinois) and two-time Gatorade Colorado POY Morgan Broekhuis (2008-10). The latter two and Mancuso have amassed 653 kills for the 17-1 Huskers. Cook has set her way to 763 assists.
The only Nebraska starter without a POY trophy at home is redshirt senior middle blocker Brooke Delano, who narrowly missed out on Gatorade honors to Bellevue West (Bellevue, Neb.) teammate Gabi Ailes in 2006-07. (Ailes became an All-American at Stanford and finished as the Cardinal career digs leader). The player with the next-most starts in 2011 -- Nebraska native, middle blocker and redshirt sophomore Hayley Thramer -- played her senior prep season at Ewing the same year returning State POY Cook and eventual National POY Mancuso were starring as high school seniors.
Interestingly, there is a fifth Gatorade State Player of the Year on Nebraska's 15-player volleyball roster in 2011: Freshman Shelby Winkelmann was Missouri's State Girls Basketball POY in 2010-11 as a senior guard for Hermann.