High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Kelsey Lace

Rhode Island Volleyball POY: Kelsey Lace

December, 14, 2011
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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: Kelsey Lace

THE BASICS

School: Mount St. Charles Academy (Woonsocket, R.I.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-foot

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Lace recorded 281 kills, 116 digs, 80 service aces and 39 blocks this past season while posting a hitting percentage of .537 and leading the Mounties (17-1) to the Division I state semifinals. The 2011 Rhode Island Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Year, she recorded double-digit kills in 16 of 18 matches, including 21 kills in a 3-1 loss to Ponaganset (North Scituate, R.I.) in the state semifinals.

Academic excellence: Lace has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: Lace has volunteered locally as an elementary school aide, a peer Spanish tutor and as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit ovarian cancer and autism research.

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Eye on POY: Rhode Island volleyball

December, 8, 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.

Kelsey Lace
Senior outside hitter, Mount St. Charles (Woonsocket, R.I.)

2011 Team record: 17-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in Division I state semifinals

2011 Kills: 281
2011 Blocks: 39
2011 Digs: 116
2011 Aces: 80
2011 Assists: 12

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: College of Saint Rose (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Division I Player of the Year. 2011 Division I All-Tournament Team selection. 2010 Division I North Player of the Year.

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POY Potential: R.I. All-State volleyball

October, 31, 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 ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …
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