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: Kristen Nuss
School: Mount Carmel Academy (New Orleans, La.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: She led the Cubs to a 40-5 record and the Division I state championship this past season. Nuss tallied 571 kills, 625 digs, 55 service aces and 49 blocks while posting a kill percentage of .561 and a hitting percentage of .509. The state’s 2015 Miss Volleyball winner, Nuss was the MVP of the state title match and a three-time First Team All-State selection. She concluded her prep volleyball career with 1,255 kills and 1,831 digs.
Academic excellence: Nuss has maintained a weighted 4.04 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth volleyball and basketball coach and she has donated her time to multiple community-service initiatives through her church youth group.
“I would be worried if we had to play Kristen with her being the only one on the other side,” said Allison Leake, head coach of St. Amant High. “It is unbelievable the things she sees and reads. She plays much bigger than she really is.”
THE FUTURE: Nuss has signed a National Letter of Intent to play beach volleyball on scholarship at Louisiana State University in the fall of 2016.