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Montana Volleyball POY: Kyndal Williams

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: Kyndal Williams

THE BASICS

School: Helena (Mont.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Setter

Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Williams led the Bengals to a 29-4 record and their second straight Class AA state title this past season. She recorded 1,037 assists, 253 digs, 99 kills, 72 service aces and 45 blocks while posting a kill percentage of .398. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Williams distributed 145 assists in three state tournament matches, including 51 in a five-set win over Billings (Mont.) in the state final.

Academic excellence: Williams has maintained a 3.65 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A Helena freshman orientation leader and an accomplished vocalist with the school choir, Williams has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

THE PRAISE

“Kyndal Williams is one of the best competitors I have ever seen,” said Hollee Goody, head coach of rival Capital (Helena, Mont.). “She is not only an exceptional athlete, she also has the skill necessary to be better at the setter position. The way she runs a team is amazing. She knows the players’ strengths and weaknesses and what needs to be done to win.”

THE FUTURE

Williams remains undecided upon a college destination.