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: Meghan Donovan
School: Villa Duchesne High (St. Louis, Mo.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Saints to a 33-7-1 record and the Class 3 state championship this past season. Donovan tallied 1,049 assists, 230 digs, 200 kills, 54 blocks and 48 service aces while posting a .491 kill percentage and a .420 hitting percentage. A 2014 MaxPreps Medium Schools Second Team All-American selection, she concluded her prep volleyball career with a state-record 3,468 assists as well as 949 digs and 605 kills.
Academic excellence: Donovan has maintained a 3.61 GPA.
Exemplary character: The director of a weeklong summer camp for kids, she has also volunteered locally at a sports camp for children with Cerebral Palsy and as a youth volleyball coach.
“Meghan Donovan is a phenomenal player,” said Kate Caplinger, head coach of Cor Jesu High. “As a setter, she is very deceptive. Combine that with the fact that she is also a huge offensive threat, and she’s nearly impossible to defend.”
THE FUTURE: Donovan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Georgia in the fall of 2016.