High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Samantha Epenesa

POY Potential: Top 5 Ill. volleyball recruits

October, 24, 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. Benet Academy (Lisle, Ill.) middle blocker Meghan Haggerty
  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: No. 14
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Club: Sports Performance
  • College: University of Wisconsin (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Haggerty is a big, strong middle blocker with great range. Extremely athletic with a 10-4 approach touch, she’s mobile side to side and puts up a monster block. She has an extremely fast arm, big time power and the ability to hit the most difficult angles. An intense competitor who has worked hard to turn herself into a point scoring machine. Haggerty is a proven winner, great teammate and leader by example."

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