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New York Volleyball POY: Melissa Rigo

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.

For her 49 fellow Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Melissa Rigo

THE BASICS

School: Elwood-John H. Glenn (Elwood, N.Y.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Outside hitter

Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Rigo led the Spiders to a 23-2 record and the Class B state title this past season. She recorded 355 kills, 314 digs, 45 blocks and 37 service aces. MVP of the Class B State Tournament, Rigo is also the Long Island Player of the Year and a two-time First Team All-State selection.

Academic excellence: Rigo has maintained an A average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Rigo has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and youth volleyball programs, and has raised funds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

THE PRAISE

“Melissa Rigo is the best all-around player that Long Island has had in a long time,” said Kathy McGeehan, head coach of rival East Hampton (N.Y.). “Besides tremendous offensive ability, she also has outstanding defense. She’s very well-rounded and versatile.”

THE FUTURE

Rigo has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Stony Brook University beginning in the fall of 2012.