A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Darian Dozier
School: St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Dozier led the Cadets (21-7) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals this past season. She recorded 438 kills, 167 digs, 49 service aces and 31 blocks this past season while posting a kill percentage of .514. A 2011 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection and a 2011-12 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American, Dozier set a single-game school record with 31 kills in a loss to Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) in late September.
Academic excellence: Dozier has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Dozier has volunteered locally on behalf of Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Special Olympics and as a youth volleyball camp counselor.
“Darian Dozier is an outstanding hitter who is dominant at the net,” said Liz Hall, head coach of rival Maret School (Washington, D.C.). “She is a strong passer, a consistent server and has a really solid understanding of the game. I certainly think she was the best player in D.C. this year.”
Dozier has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of South Carolina beginning in the fall of 2012.