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.
For the list of the other 2015-16 Gatorade State Volleyball POY’s, click here.
THE WINNER: Holly Carlton
School: Potomac Falls (Va.)
Position: Setter and outside hitter
Athletic achievement: She recorded 669 assists, 368 kills, 326 digs, 81 service aces and 63 blocks this past season, leading the Panthers (21-9) to the Class 5A state championship match. A 2014 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection and a 2014 Class 5A First Team All-State honoree, Carlton posted a .483 kill percentage and a .399 hitting percentage in 2015. She concluded her prep volleyball career with 1,565 assists, 944 digs and 816 kills.
Academic excellence: Carlton has maintained a 3.41 GPA.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with an elementary school literacy-outreach program and as a peer counselor. She has also donated her time as a youth volleyball referee.
“Holly Carlton brings her team up to her level,” said Marsha Hermes, head coach of Briar Woods High. “She is involved in every single play. She is smart and finds holes in defenses easily. She does it all.”
THE FUTURE: Carlton has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of North Carolina in the fall of 2016.