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: Shannon Webb
School: Cherokee Trail (Aurora, Colo.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: She led the Cougars to a 25-4 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. Webb slammed 516 kills while recording a .419 kill percentage and .314 hitting percentage. A returning Class 5A Second Team All-State selection as named by the Colorado High School Athletic Association, Webb amassed 387 service receptions, 256 digs, 76 blocks and 34 service aces. In a title-clinching sweep of Denver East, she collected 17 kills, eight digs and two blocks.
Academic excellence: Webb has maintained a 3.62 GPA.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth volleyball instructor and serving as part of her school’s athletic leadership initiative, she has created and donated fleece blankets for a children’s hospital.
“I’ve yet to meet a more driven and dedicated athlete,” said Cherokee Trail head coach Terry Miller. “She has grown into one of the most formidable outside hitters in the state of Colorado, and opposing coaches have to keep this in mind when preparing to play us. Shannon was our starting outside hitter from the moment she came to Cherokee Trail, and she’s truly become almost scary with her power and accuracy.”
THE FUTURE: Webb has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at American University in the fall of 2016.