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: Nicole Peterson
School: Jesuit High (Portland, Ore.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Crusaders to a 32-0 record and the Class 6A state championship this past season. Peterson tallied 956 assists, 142 digs, 120 service aces, 95 kills and 22 blocks while posting a .552 kill percentage and a .453 hitting percentage. The 2014 Class 6A Player of the Year as an outside hitter, Peterson won the award again in 2015 as a setter. A two-time Metro League Player of the Year, she concluded her prep volleyball career with 978 assists, 665 kills and 232 service aces.
Academic excellence: Peterson has maintained a 3.23 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with Portland After School Tennis and Education and the Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. In addition, she has donated her time at a daycare center and an eldercare facility.
“In my 40 years as a head varsity coach, I have not seen a better serve than Nicole Peterson’s,” said Rick Lorenz, head coach of Central Catholic High. “Sometimes she would run off 10-15 points. She is not weak at any skill.”
THE FUTURE: Peterson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of San Francisco in the fall of 2016.