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: Conley Chinn
School: Jackson Academy (Jackson, Miss.)
Position: Middle blocker
Athletic achievement: She led the Raiders to a 35-3 record and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools championship this past season. Chinn recorded 283 kills, 263 blocks and 91 service aces. A member of the All-State Tournament Team each of the past two seasons, she is also a Clarion-Ledger First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Chinn has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Exemplary character: Also a track and basketball standout, she has served on the student council and has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth basketball programs.
“Chinn is strong at the net, quick and super energetic,” said Brooke Engle, head coach at Ocean Springs High. “She was really a pivotal player and a good leader for that team.”
THE FUTURE: Chinn will begin her senior year of high school next fall.