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: Abby Stomp
School: La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Bears to a 22-0 record and the Class 6A state championship this past season. Stomp tallied 727 assists, 198 digs, 154 blocks, 99 kills and 86 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .513 and a hitting percentage of .487. The NMPreps.com Player of the Year, she concluded her prep volleyball career with 1,745 assists.
Academic excellence: Stomp has maintained a weighted 4.09 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as part of multiple find-a-cure fundraising campaigns for breast cancer, Down syndrome and autism. In addition, she has donated her time to an elementary school literacy-outreach program and as a youth volleyball coach.
“Abby is an incredibly smart player and can read her opponents well, which keeps them off-balance,” said Lissa Warren, head coach of Eldorado High. “She is the main reason for her team’s success.”
THE FUTURE: Stomp has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Northern Arizona University in the fall of 2016.