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: Jenna Gray
School: St. James Academy (Lenexa, Kan.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Thunder to a 43-1 record and the Class 5A state title this past season. Gray distributed 778 assists, slammed 289 kills and recorded 267 digs while posting a kill percentage of .619. A four-time First Team All-State selection and a 2015 Under Armour First Team All-American as named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, she was the Kansas Volleyball Association’s 2015 Class 5A Co-Player of the Year and ranks as the nation’s No. 11 recruit as rated by PrepVolleyball.com.
Academic excellence: Gray has maintained a 98.4 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics, the Ronald McDonald House and has participated in a service-mission trip to Alabama to help repair damaged homes.
“Jenna Gray is an amazing athlete,” said Laura Curry, head coach at Shawnee Heights High. “She is an all-around player and leads her team by example along with positive leadership. I have seen a lot of volleyball and there are very few players that perform at this level with as much class that she does.”
THE FUTURE: Gray has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Stanford University in the fall of 2016.