High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Poudre

POY Potential: Top Colo. volleyball recruits

October, 17, 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 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. Chaparral (Parker, Colo.) outside hitter/setter Nicole Dalton
  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: No. 6
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Club: Front Range
  • College: University of Texas (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Dalton may stand 6-2 but is as agile as a cheetah. She is one of those rare players who is supremely talented in every single volleyball skill. Dalton takes her lanky frame and covers the backcourt with dexterity and grace. She possesses exceptional ball control skills defensively as well as in serve receive."

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