High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Molly McCage

Eye on POY: Texas volleyball

December, 3, 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.

PrepVolleyball.comAmy Neal led Lake Travis to the first 50-win season in Texas history.
Amy Neal
Senior Outside Hitter, Lake Travis High (Austin, TX)

2011 Team record: 50-0
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

2011 Kills: 538
2011 Blocks: 27
2011 Digs: 287
2011 Aces: 63

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Texas (letter of intent)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: MVP of Class 4A state tournament; MVP of USAV 17 Open Junior Nationals in 2011; Under Armour First Team All-American; Team ranked No. 1 by PrepVolleyball.com; Ranked No. 18 senior by PrepVolleyball.com.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Texas volleyball recruits

October, 27, 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 PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five 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. Klein Collins High (Spring, TX) Middle Blocker Molly McCage

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: 1
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Club: Woodlands Wave
  • College: Texas (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Blessed with exceptional speed and mobility from pin to pin and natural blocking ability, McCage is arguably the best blocker in the 2012 class. McCage, who rises off the floor with effortless grace and reaches into the rafters at about 10-7, captained the USA Youth National team to a Gold Medal, earning a berth to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and the 2011 FIVB World championships. Hitting from a very high contact point, MCCage has incredible range as an attacker, and can pretty much score at will from anywhere on the court."

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