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 Setter, Assumption HS (Louisville, KY)
Greatness Present: The burden of preseason expectations weighed heavily on the shoulders of Filley and her Assumption teammates this fall. Ranked as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, the Rockets dropped five of 10 matches during a two-week stretch of September—all to teams in the preseason top 30—and fell to a pedestrian (for them) 20-6 mark with their second loss of the season to Illinois power Mother McCauley on Oct. 3. Since then, Filley, a 5-9 senior, who had experienced defeat just three times in her first two varsity seasons, has refused to let her team lose. Assumption closed the regular season with nine consecutive wins, including a victory over Mother McAuley in the final of the Asics Challenge, and payback wins over rivals Notre Dame (twice) and previously unbeaten Mercy. Filley has averaged 11.7 assists per set over that stretch, amassing 994 on the year. She also has 83 kills—with a .585 kill percentage—and 258 digs.
Greatness Past: Filley was named State Tournament MVP in 2012, tallying 41 assists and 17 digs in a five-set victory over Mercy, Assumption’s third consecutive title.
Greatness Future: Filley has verbally committed to Auburn.
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.