High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Morgan Hooe Kristi Lauwers

Eye on POY: Alaska volleyball

December, 1, 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 ...

Morgan Hooe -- Junior setter, South Anchorage (AK) Wolverines

2011 KILLS: 62
2011 BLOCKS: 30
2011 DIGS: 98
2011 ACES: 25
2011 ASSISTS: 521

2011 Team record: 26-3
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

Collegiate destination: Boise State (verbally committed)

Additional considerations: 2010 and 2011 First Team All-State selection; 2010 and 2011 All-Tournament Team; 2011 Chugiak Invitational All-Tournament Team

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POY Potential: Alaska All-Tournament teams

November, 7, 2011
Gatorade Player of the Year 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 Class 3A and 4A All-Tournament selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point.

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