Florida Volleyball POY: Jac’cara Walker

Florida Volleyball POY: Jac’cara Walker

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Florida Volleyball POY: Jac’cara Walker

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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: Jac’cara Walker

THE BASICS

School: P.K. Yonge (Gainesville, Fla.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 5-foot-10

Athletic achievement: She led the Blue Wave to a 31-1 record and a second consecutive state championship this past season. Walker slammed 399 kills while recording a .580 kill percentage and .449 hitting percentage. The Class 3A Player of the Year as named by the Florida Dairy Farmers, Walker amassed 328 digs, 25 blocks and 21 service aces. In a title-clinching sweep of Palmer Trinity, she collected 11 kills and nine digs. A two-time AAU national champion, she captured MVP honors in the 2015 AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships 17 Club division this past summer.

Academic excellence: Walker has maintained a 3.08 weighted GPA.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth volleyball instructor, she has volunteered on behalf of her church, the Girls’ Place after-school program and Little Foxxes Daycare.

THE PRAISE

“What she has been able to do at P.K. Yonge is beyond commendable,” said Drew Schaeffer, head coach at rival Oak Hall School. “She provided leadership both on and off the court, allowing P.K. Yonge to grow from a team that couldn’t make it out of regional state tournament play, to making it to the regional finals her sophomore year and then winning back-to-back state titles the past two years.”

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

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