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POY Potential: D.C. volleyball watch list

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 …

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

Valentine Courouble -- Junior outside hitter, Washington International School (Washington D.C.)

  • 2011 Team record: 20-4

  • 2011 Team standing: lost Potomac Valley Athletic Conference final to Covenant Life (Gaithersburg, Md.), 3-0

  • Additional considerations: team-leading 223 kills, 192 digs and 99 service aces in 2011 ... 2010 Second Team All-PVAC selection

Becca Bateman -- Sophomore setter, 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: team-leading 635 assists in 2011 ... 2010 Second Team All-WCAC selection

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning volleyball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …

Helen Daly SR OH/MB St. John's College; Zoe Van den Brink SR RS Washington International; Luna Van den Brink SO OH/MB Washington International; Sarah Tierney SO OH Georgetown Visitation; Libby Mosko SR MB Georgetown Visitation; Gabrielle Hansford JR OH Wilson

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_GPOY.