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THE WINNER: Amber Rolfzen
School: Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.)
Athletic achievement: The state’s 2010-11 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year, Rolfzen led the Titans (42-1) to a third consecutive Class A state championship this past season. An Under Armour First Team All-America selection as named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, she slammed 380 kills while compiling a .325 hitting percentage. Rolfzen also amassed 248 digs, 27 blocks and 24 service aces. A member of the USA Volleyball Women’s Junior National Team and an Amateur Athletic Union Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships All-American, she collected 11 kills and nine digs in a Class A state title sweep of Marian (Omaha, Neb.).
Academic excellence: Also a basketball standout, Rolfzen has maintained a 4.53 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter and the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her church community as well as the Special Olympics. Rolfzen has also donated her time as an elementary school classroom assistant and as a youth sports instructor.
“I thought she was really consistent with her hitting percentage, ball control and defense all season,” said Papillion-La Vista South head coach Gwen Egbert. “I thought she just had a really good year. In several big matches, Amber played really well. She stood out. This year, she was one of our more consistent attackers, she was up there in blocks and she ranked second on the team in digs, even though she started in the front row. That says a lot. She came up biggest in key moments for us this season.”
THE FUTURE: Rolfzen has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Nebraska beginning in the fall of 2013.