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National POY Watch: Lauryn Gillis

New Castle (Ind.) senior outside hitter Lauryn Gillis doesn't miss a beat

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.

Lauryn Gillis
Senior outside hitter, New Castle (Ind.)

Greatness Present: Six games into her senior season, the Trojans changed coaches and didn’t miss a beat -- thanks in large part to the leadership displayed by Gillis, one of the nation’s top outside hitters.

The 6-foot-2 standout has recorded double-digit kills in all but one match, including a 31-kill, 14-dig performance against Indianapolis Bishop Chatard that pushed New Castle’s record to 23-1 last week.

Through 24 matches, Gillis amassed 403 kills and 185 digs. She owned a remarkable .444 hitting percentage and .560 kill percentage.

Greatness Past: The state’s returning Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year totaled 583 kills and 259 digs last season, leading the Trojans to a 33-3 record and a berth in the 2012 Class 4A state tournament.

Greatness Future: Gillis has verbally committed to USC.

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.



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