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: Mary Hannah Arrington
School: Pope (Marietta, Ga.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: Arrington led the Greyhounds to a 43-2 record and a third consecutive Class AAAA state championship this past season. The returning Class AAAA Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association, she amassed 473 kills, 242 digs, 67 service aces, 17 blocks and 10 assists while recording a .493 hitting percentage and .598 kill percentage. An Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American, Arrington totaled 24 kills and 12 digs in the 3-1 state title victory against Whitewater (Fayetteville, Ga.). A three-time Class AAAA First Team All-State selection, she compiled 452 kills and 265 digs as a junior in 2010.
Academic excellence: Arrington has maintained a 3.95 weighted GPA in the classroom and is a member of her school’s foreign language, Renaissance and Beta clubs.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth volleyball and swim instructor, Arrington has volunteered on behalf of her church community and as a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“Arrington is the kid who, defensively -- if you need a dig that’s going to change the outcome of a match -- she’s going to make that play,” said Bob Westbrook, A5 Volleyball Club Director. “She’s a tremendous offensive player as well. She’s grown in that area every single year, and she’s responded to the pressure of being a leader of her program on a regular basis. She’s an extraordinary competitor. She has that quality that’s very rare in that she makes other people around her better.”
Arrington has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Auburn University beginning in the fall of 2012.