High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Madeira School

Eye on POY: Virginia 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.

Breanna Atkinson
Senior outside hitter, The Madeira School (McLean, Va.)

2011 Team record: 29-2
2011 Team standing: Won VISAA Division I state title

2011 Kills: 458
2011 Blocks: 36
2011 Digs: 257
2011 Aces: 86
2011 Assists: 9

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Duke (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 VISAA Division I Player of the Year. 2011 AVCA Under Armour First Team All-American selection.

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POY Potential: Top 3 Va. volleyball recruits

October, 14, 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 PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top three recruits as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Heritage High (Leesburg, Va.) middle blocker Kelsey Hrebenach
  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: 47
  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Club: Virginia Elite
  • College: Maryland (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Hrebenach is just fun to watch. Her athleticism is hard to match, showcased by her special jumping ability. She is very quick laterally and when she hits a slide heads turn. Few, if any, are better off of one foot."

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