High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Presentation

California Volleyball POY: Emily Sklar

December, 14, 2011
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.

For her 49 fellow Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year winners, click here.

Gatorade POY: Emily Sklar
PrepVolleyball.comEmily Sklar earned Division II state title match MVP honors.
THE WINNER: Emily Sklar


School: Presentation (San Jose, Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-foot-2


Athletic achievement: Sklar led the Panthers to a 41-2 record and the Division II state championship this past season. The returning Player of the Year as named by the San Jose Mercury News, she amassed 584 kills, 487 digs, 61 blocks and 33 service aces while recording a .332 hitting percentage and .412 kill percentage. Sklar totaled 41 service receptions, 22 kills, 12 digs, four blocks and one ace in a 3-1 state title match win against La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.), capturing Division II state championship Most Valuable Player honors.

Academic excellence: Sklar has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth volleyball instructor and peer Spanish tutor, Sklar has volunteered on behalf of Sacred Heart Community Service and the Second Harvest Food Bank, and as a fundraiser for Invisible Children. She completed a two-week service-mission trip to Ecuador in 2009.

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Eye on POY: California volleyball

November, 29, 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.

Eye on POY: Rebecca Strehlow
USA Volleyball/OtherWilson (Long Beach, Calif.) S/RS Rebecca Strehlow (right) is a member of the USA Beach Volleyball Junior National Team.
Rebecca Strehlow
Senior setter/right-side hitter, Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.)

2011 Team record: 19-12 (Division I)
2011 Team standing: lost CIF Southern Section Division I-AA semifinal to Thousand Oaks, 3-1

2011 Kills: 315
2011 Digs: 163
2011 Assists: 59
2011 Blocks: 42

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: UCLA

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Generated a .388 hitting percentage and .514 kill percentage. Averaged 5.0 kills and 2.8 digs per set this season. No. 8 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by PrepVolleyball.com. Captured All-Tournament honors in leading her Sports Shack club team to back-to-back USA Volleyball Junior Nationals 18 Open national championships. Member of the 2011 USA Beach Volleyball Junior National Team. Two-time returning First Team All-League selection.

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