High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Becca Bateman

POY Potential: D.C. volleyball watch list

November, 3, 2011
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 ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, these are some of the early contenders who have entered the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point …

POY Potential: Darian Dozier
MAVBCDarian Dozier has verbally committed to a volleyball scholarship at the University of South Carolina.
Darian Dozier -- Senior outside hitter, St. John's College High (Washington D.C.)

  • 2011 Team record: 21-6
  • 2011 Team standing: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinal vs. Academy of Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.) on Thursday
  • Additional considerations: University of South Carolina verbal commit ... team-leading 425 kills, 164 digs and 48 service aces in 2011 ... 2011 Fragile X Classic All-Tournament selection ... 2010 First Team All-WCAC selection; 2010 Honorable Mention All-Met selection as named by The Washington Post
Kathryn Petkevich -- Senior setter, Maret School (Washington D.C.)

  • 2011 Team record: 8-9
  • 2011 Team standing: Independent School League AA Division first round vs. Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.)
  • Additional considerations: 2011 Fragile X Classic All-Tournament selection ... 2010 First Team All-ISL AA selection
LaQuita Williams -- Senior middle blocker, Woodrow Wilson High (Washington D.C.)

  • 2011 Team record: 11-4
  • 2011 Team standing: DCIAA tournament begins on Nov. 15
  • Additional considerations: two-time Wilson High Volleyball Player of the Week in 2011

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