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.
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THE WINNER: Gabby Curry
School: Buford (Ga.)
Position: Outside hitter and libero
Athletic achievement: She led the Wolves to a 41-0 record and the Class AAAA state championship this past season. Also the Class AAAA Co-Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association, Curry amassed 508 digs, 283 kills, 116 service aces and 30 assists. In a 3-2, title-clinching win over St. Pius X Catholic, she collected 20 digs, 13 kills and four service aces.
Academic excellence: Curry has maintained a 4.00 GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society as well as her school’s Spanish club and peer leadership team, she has volunteered locally on behalf of Kids & Pros in addition to serving as a youth volleyball instructor.
“Gabby is the type player that gets better and better every time you see her,” said Emi Hughes, head coach at rival North Hall. “Her ability to play multiple positions makes her such a versatile player. I am impressed with the leadership she has on the court even though she is not a senior.”
THE FUTURE: Curry has verbally committed to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2017.