Kristen Harris of Apex High School has been named the 2010-11 Gatorade North Carolina Volleyball Player of the Year by the Gatorade Company in collaboration with ESPN RISE.
The award recognizes Harris as North Carolina’s best high school volleyball player. She received the honor for outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court.
The 6-foot-2 senior middle blocker led the Cougars to a 27-0 record and the NCHSAA 4-A state title this past season. Harris recorded 340 kills, 163 digs, 46 service aces and 42 blocks while posting a .587 kill percentage. A two-time first team All-Conference selection and the 2010 Conference Player of the Year, Harris was chosen as the MVP of the 2010 4-A championship.
Harris has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom. A devoted member of her church community, she has participated in multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group, and has volunteered locally on behalf of Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.).
“Kristen Harris is an all-around class act and an outstanding leader,” said Apex head volleyball coach Nicole O’Donnell. “She exemplifies such qualities as dedication, determination, drive and ambition that allow her to perform at such a high level. Her ability to motivate her teammates to become better players is extraordinary.”
Harris has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at Elon University beginning in the fall of 2011.
Harris is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award,
The selection process is administered by ESPN RISE and the Gatorade high school sports leadership team, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
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