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: Sydney Hilley
School: Champlin Park (Champlin, Minn.)
Position: Setter and outside hitter
Athletic achievement: She recorded 517 kills, 463 assists and 290 digs while posting a kill percentage of .468 and leading the Rebels (30-5) to the Class AAA semifinals this past season. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Hilley was a member of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team, leading a squad of elite prep players to the 2015 FIVB Girls’ U18 World Championship final in Peru last summer.
Academic excellence: Hilley has maintained a 4.19 weighted GPA.
Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a youth volleyball coach.
“Sydney Hilley is a once-in-a-lifetime player to coach,” said Champlin Park head coach John Yunker. “Not only is she very talented, but she also works very hard and is extremely humble. Her leadership has been a huge strength for our program at all levels.”
THE FUTURE: Hilley has verbally committed to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2017.