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: Kelsey Berry
School: Hollis Brookline (Hollis, N.H.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Berry led the Cavaliers to a 20-2 record and the Division I state title this past season. She recorded 224 kills, 220 digs, 73 service aces, 21 assists and four blocks while posting a kill percentage of .382. Berry was nearly flawless in the postseason, committing just 13 total errors in the final three matches for a 95.2 percent success rate. A Division I First Team All-State selection, she recorded 17 kills and 15 digs in Hollis Brookline’s 3-1 win over Merrimack (N.H.) in the state title match.
Academic excellence: Berry has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: The president of the Hollis-Brookline High student body, Berry has volunteered locally as a peer tutor, a youth volleyball and basketball coach, and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research.
“Kelsey Berry’s a good player,” said Dan Young, head coach of Salem (N.H.). “She was their libero last year, their outside this year. She’s solid -- a very good passer and a very strong hitter. She’s very consistent, very solid and very tough.”
Berry remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.