High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Union Catholic

Eye on POY: New Jersey 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.

Julie Monroy
Senior outside hitter, Union Catholic (Scotch Plains, N.J.)

2011 Team record: 25-3
2011 Team standing: Lost in Non-Public state tournament final

2011 Kills: 296
2011 Digs: 158
2011 Aces: 34

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Courier News Player of the Year. Four-year starter.

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POY Potential: N.J. All-State volleyball

October, 28, 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 ESPNHS recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s returning All-State selections from the Newark Star-Ledger are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

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