The Gatorade State Volleyball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For the list of the other 2015-16 Gatorade State Volleyball POY’s, click here.
THE WINNER: Sara Carr
School: Mountain Brook (Ala.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: The state’s returning Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year, Carr led the Spartans to a 46-5 record and a second consecutive Class 7A state championship this past season. She slammed 656 kills while recording a .454 kill percentage and .340 hitting percentage. Also the returning State Player of the Year as named by AL.com, Carr amassed 581 digs, 116 service aces and 55 blocks this past fall. In the title-clinching sweep of McGill-Toolen Catholic, she collected 13 kills, 12 digs and two service aces, capturing a second straight Class 7A state tournament Most Valuable Player honor.
Academic excellence: Also a basketball standout, Carr has maintained a 4.24 weighted GPA and serves in her school’s student government.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America as well as Mountain Brook’s Spanish, Outreach and National Beta clubs, she has donated her time as a youth volleyball instructor. Carr has also volunteered locally on behalf of her church, a youth literacy-outreach program, a food pantry ministry and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
“This kid is awesome,” said Karen Riggins, head coach at rival Hewitt-Trussville. “Her on-the-court presence portrays a positive attitude and good sportsmanship at all times. In terms of skills, she has great technique, very aggressive, agile and just very purposeful in every action. She is a pleasure to watch.”
THE FUTURE: Carr has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Emory University in the fall of 2016.