High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Tayler Higgins

Hawaii Volleyball POY: Tayler Higgins

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.

THE WINNER: Tayler Higgins


School: Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Grade: Junior
Position: Setter
Height: 5-foot-9


Athletic achievement: Higgins led the Buff n’ Blue to a 15-0 record and the Division I state title this past season. She recorded 95 assists, 16 digs and 11 kills while posting a .578 kill percentage in the state tournament. The 2011 Division I State Tournament MVP, Higgins was also named 2011 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Higgins has maintained a 3.17 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church community, Higgins has volunteered locally as an assistant in the Punahou School athletic office and has also donated her time collecting gifts and canned goods on behalf of an area shelter for needy families.

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Eye on POY: Hawaii volleyball

December, 8, 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.

Tayler Higgins
photo courtesy of ScoringLive.comHiggins is a top candidate for Gatorade Hawaii Volleyball Player of the Year
Tayler Higgins
Junior setter, Punahou (Honolulu, HI)

2011 Team record: 15-0
2011 Team standing: Won Division I state title

State Tournament Averages
2011 Kills per match:
2011 Hitting Percentage: .421
2011 Digs per match: 5.3
2011 Assists per match: 31.7

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Hawaii (verbally committed)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year; Division I State Tournament MVP

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POY Potential: Hawaii All-Tournament teams

November, 7, 2011
Gatorade Player of the Year 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 ESPNHS recruit rankings. That being said, success in the postseason will have a bearing on the selection process. Hawaii has already completed its state tournament, so our winner could be lurking among the All-State Tournament selections.

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