From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior middle blocker, Doherty (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Greatness Present: It’s difficult for Washington to top her junior season, one of the most dominating years in Colorado prep volleyball history, but she’s off to a pretty good start as a senior.
In her first performance of the fall, PrepVolleyball.com’s No. 1 senior recruit nationally set the single-match state record with 48 kills against Grandview (Aurora, Colo.). Through 14 matches, she amassed 318 kills, 93 digs and 48 blocks, leading the Spartans to an 11-3 record.
Of course, it helps that the 6-foot-3 senior is a state champion high jumper who can dunk a volleyball.
Greatness Past: The state’s returning Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year led Doherty (29-0) to the 2012 Class 5A state title last season, capturing tournament MVP honors. A member of the USA Volleyball Women’s Indoor Junior National Team, Washington totaled 346 kills while registering a staggering .550 hitting percentage and .638 kill percentage as a junior. She added 101 blocks and 36 digs.
Greatness Future: Washington has verbally committed to Penn State.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.