National POY Watch: Haleigh Washington

Doherty (Colorado Springs, Colo.) volleyball player Haleigh Washington is looking to top herself.

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.

Haleigh Washington

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.

National POY Watch: Haleigh Washington
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