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.
Senior middle blocker, Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.)
2011 Team record: 19-6
2011 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A state championship
2011 Kills: 289
2011 Blocks: 131
2011 Digs: 12
2011 Aces: 2
2011 Assists: 4
Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Texas (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American selection. PrepVolleyball.com No. 9 Senior Aces.
Junior outside hitter, La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.)
2011 Team record: 18-4
2011 Team standing: Lost in Class 5A state semifinals
2011 Kills: 618
2011 Blocks: 78
2011 Digs: 455
2011 Aces: 78
2011 Assists: 57
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: New Mexico (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Led state in kills and digs. Averaged 9.5 kills per set.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011 campaign.
Briana Ainsworth: Pojoaque (N.M.) freshman setter
Jordan Bruere: Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.) senior setter
Cassie House: Cleveland (Rio Rancho, N.M.) junior outside hitter
Kaira Lujan: Albuquerque Academy (N.M.) senior middle blocker
Brandi Torr: La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) junior setter