High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Rebecca Strehlow

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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POY Potential: Top Calif. volleyball recruits

October, 13, 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. Wilson High (Long Beach, Calif.) setter Rebecca Strehlow
  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: 8
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Club: Sports Shack
  • College: UCLA (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Strehlow has all the things you look for in the modern setter. She has good size, is a great athlete, can locate, makes great decisions, can set any tempo, can serve and is the best blocking setter in this class by far."

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