High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Darby Reeder

Eye on POY: Nevada volleyball

December, 7, 2011
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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.

Darby Reeder
Senior Outside Hitter, Whittell High (Zephyr Cove, NV)

2011 Team record: 24-12
2011 Team standing: Lost to Yerington in Class 2A state final

2011 Kills: 205
2011 Blocks: 12
2011 Digs: 564
2011 Aces: 64

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Oregon State (letter of intent)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State in 2009, 2010, 2011.

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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 PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

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

1. Whittell High (Zephyr Cove, NV) Libero Darby Reeder

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: Top 250
  • Height: 5-foot-5
  • Club: Silver State
  • College: Oregon State (verbal)

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