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Eye on POY: Arkansas volleyball

12/4/2011

The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Shayne Wiedemann

Senior outside hitter, Bentonville (AR)

2011 Team record: 32-5-3

2011 Team standing: Won Class 7A state title

2011 Kills: 356

2011 Kill Percentage: .455

2011 Digs: 207

2011 Aces: 41

Academics: A-minus average

Collegiate destination: Pittsburgh State

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 State Tournament MVP; 2009-2011 First Team All Conference; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament

Aubrey Edie

Junior setter, Fayetteville (AR)

2011 Team record: 34-2

2011 Team standing: Lost in Class 7A final

2011 Kills: 131

2011 Blocks: 32

2011 Digs: 231

2011 Aces: 35

2011 Assists: 939

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference;

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011 campaign.

Rebecca Brown: Bentonville (AR) senior setter

Harley Strayhorn: Marion (AR) senior setter

Tatum Marshall: Fayetteville (AR) junior libero

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.