High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Shelby Workman

Eye on POY: Kansas Volleyball

December, 1, 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 ...

Paige Brown -- Senior setter, St. James Academy (Lenexa, KS) Thunder

2011 KILLS: 59
2011 BLOCKS: 70
2011 DIGS: 312
2011 ACES: 45
2011 ASSISTS: 1,010

2011 Team record: 45-1
2011 Team standing: Won Class 4A state title

Collegiate destination: Appalachian State (verbally committed)

Additional considerations: 2011 Evelyn Gates Award winner; 2009-2011 First Team All-State; Class 4A Kansas Volleyball Association Player of the Year; 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association nominee

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POY Potential: Top Kansas volleyball recruits

October, 20, 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. Bishop Miege High (Shawnee Mission, KS) right side hitter/setter Shelby Workman
  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: No. 65
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Club: KC Power
  • College: Kentucky (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "One of the best all-around players in the 2012 class, Workman is your consummate winner. She was a primary passer and go to attacker on the KC Power team that won the 2009 16 Open USAV title and has been captain of the three-time defending Kansas 5A champions. Workman has a whip for a left arm, every shot in the book and is as steady of a passer as they come. Blessed with good block timing, Workman’s hands make her a fine secondary setter from the right side. A competitive player who thrives on the pressure of the moment, Workman proves time and again her immeasurable value to any team that she plays on. She should immediately play an important role when she puts on the Kentucky jersey in 2012."

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