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. Seattle Prep School (Seattle, Wa.) middle blocker Olivia Magill
PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: 37
College: Arizona (verbal)
John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Oozing with potential, Magill is a high flying, ultra-dynamic athlete capable of playing multiple positions. She played on the outside on her state championship high school team last fall and was an active, big-blocking middle for her club team the rest of the year."
2. Eastside Catholic High (Sammamish, Wa.) middle blocker Kam McLain
PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: 62
College: Boston College (verbal)
John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "McLain is a physical athlete with the versatility and savvy to play all three hitter positions very effectively. She possesses great vision as a hitter and has point-scoring ability with her right arm."
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning volleyball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …
Samantha Hill SR MB North Central; Madison Magee SR OH Skyline; Bryce Larson SR LIB Kamiak; Katlyn Mataya SR S Burlington-Edison; Tori Dexter SR OH Selah
A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf.