California Volleyball POY: Kathryn Plummer

California Volleyball POY: Kathryn Plummer

Gatorade State Player of the Year

California Volleyball POY: Kathryn Plummer


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: Kathryn Plummer


School: Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Setter and right-side hitter
Height: 6-foot-6

Athletic achievement: She slammed 368 kills while recording a .591 kill percentage and .427 hitting percentage this past season, leading the Wolverines (23-7) to the Division 1A Southern Section quarterfinals. An Under Armour First Team All-American, Plummer amassed 368 assists, 226 digs, 60 blocks and 33 service aces in 30 matches. A member of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team and USA Volleyball’s Beach U19 National Team, she is the only player in history to capture medals in both the indoor and beach disciplines at the FIVB World Championships, earning Best Opposite honors during a silver-medal run to the 2015 FIVB U18 World Championships and the Most Outstanding Player award following a gold-medal campaign at the 2014 FIVB U17 Beach World Championships.

Academic excellence: Also a track standout, Plummer has maintained a 4.29 weighted GPA.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a peer tutor and youth volleyball instructor, she has volunteered on behalf of the Special Olympics, Stand Up To Cancer and the Walk to Remember.


“She’s the smartest player on the floor, the tallest, and is a veritable wall,” said Doug Mauro, head coach at rival Laguna Hills. “She’s 6-foot-6 with great skills, touch and finesse. Kathryn is very sweet to her opponents as well. Many of my girls were proud to take photos with her after the matches. Kathryn puts in so much work and effort, is very courteous and shows fantastic sportsmanship.”

THE FUTURE: Plummer has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Stanford University in the fall of 2016.


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