High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: LaQuita Williams

Eye on POY: District of Columbia volleyball

December, 8, 2011
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.

Darian Dozier
file photoDarian Dozier is a top candidate for Gatorade District of Columbia Volleyball Player of the Year
Darian Dozier
Senior outside hitter, St. John's (D.C.)

2011 Team record: 21-7
2011 Team standing: Lost in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinals

2011 Kills: 438
2011 Kill percentage: .514
2011 Digs: 167
2011 Aces: 49

B average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010 and 2011 Fragile X Classic All-Tournament selection; 2011 Washington Post First Team All-Met; AVCA Under Armour All-American Second Team;

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POY Potential: D.C. volleyball watch list

November, 3, 2011
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, these are some of the early contenders who have entered the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point …

POY Potential: Darian Dozier
MAVBCDarian Dozier has verbally committed to a volleyball scholarship at the University of South Carolina.
Darian Dozier -- Senior outside hitter, St. John's College High (Washington D.C.)
  • 2011 Team record: 21-6
  • 2011 Team standing: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinal vs. Academy of Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.) on Thursday
  • Additional considerations: University of South Carolina verbal commit ... team-leading 425 kills, 164 digs and 48 service aces in 2011 ... 2011 Fragile X Classic All-Tournament selection ... 2010 First Team All-WCAC selection; 2010 Honorable Mention All-Met selection as named by The Washington Post
Kathryn Petkevich -- Senior setter, Maret School (Washington D.C.)
  • 2011 Team record: 8-9
  • 2011 Team standing: Independent School League AA Division first round vs. Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.)
  • Additional considerations: 2011 Fragile X Classic All-Tournament selection ... 2010 First Team All-ISL AA selection
LaQuita Williams -- Senior middle blocker, Woodrow Wilson High (Washington D.C.)
  • 2011 Team record: 11-4
  • 2011 Team standing: DCIAA tournament begins on Nov. 15
  • Additional considerations: two-time Wilson High Volleyball Player of the Week in 2011

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