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: Megan McTigue
School: The Academy of the Holy Cross (Kensington, Md.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: She led the Tartans to an 33-5 record and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship this past season. McTigue slammed 377 kills while recording a .415 kill percentage and .305 hitting percentage. The 2015 WCAC Player of the Year amassed 333 service receptions, 214 digs, 83 service aces, 30 blocks and 20 assists. In a 3-1, title-clinching win over Our Lady of Good Counsel, she collected 19 kills, 18 service receptions, seven digs, three service aces and three blocks.
Academic excellence: McTigue has maintained a 4.06 weighted GPA and served as a member of her school’s student ambassador program.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society, she has volunteered on behalf of an after-school program, a Vacation Bible School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church’s Sunday suppers for the homeless and the Byron House for the Elderly.
“In addition to being the most skilled player on the Holy Cross team, Megan did an outstanding job as co-captain this year,” said Tartans head coach Dave Geiser. “We lost nine of our 15 players from our 2014 WCAC championship team. She led a varsity team with three seniors, seven juniors—six of whom came up from JV—a sophomore and three freshmen. Megan’s on-court and off-court leadership and high level of emotional intelligence ensured that this essentially brand new team could rally to win the WCAC.”
THE FUTURE: McTigue has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2016.