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: Ella May Powell
School: Fayetteville (Ark.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Bulldogs to a 34-3-1 record and the Class 7A state title this past season. The Class 7A state tournament MVP, Powell set a school record with 1,167 assists in 2015 and added 226 digs and 151 kills. A First Team All-State and First Team All-Conference selection, she was named MVP for the Ozark Grand Slam tournament in October.
Academic excellence: Powell has maintained a 3.58 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and her school’s fashion club, she has volunteered locally at a nursing home and participated in a service-mission trip to Memphis on behalf of her church youth group.
“Ella May Powell is one of the most competitive athletes I have ever coached,” said Fayetteville head coach Jessica Phelan. “Her sheer desire to win is unmatched and makes her the perfect floor leader for our squad. She is an extremely talented setter who works tirelessly at her craft. She is a true champion.”
THE FUTURE: Powell will begin her junior year of high school next fall.