|Idaho signee earns POY honor|
Idaho volleyball signee and Century (Pocatello) High School senior Jenna Ellis has earned the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year honor for the state of Idaho. The award takes into consideration athletic production and impact on the 2011 season, high academic achievement, and exemplary personal character.
Ellis, who stands 5-foot-8 and will be a defensive specialist for the Vandals, led Century HS to a 36-4 record in 2011 and its second consecutive Idaho Class 4A state championship. She tallied 454 kills, 439 digs, 65 service aces and 18 blocks while hitting .408 with a .546 kill percentage as an outside hitter for the Diamondbacks. Ellis also earned Player of the Year honors from the Idaho State Journal and is a two-time Idaho 4A Player of the Year.
"It says a lot for her as a player to be nominated," Idaho volleyball coach Debbie Buchanan said. "She was up against a lot of great athletes in the state and to actually be chosen as the top player shows what she's done on the volleyball court but also the type of student she is because they look at success on and off the court. She's just a really well-rounded player and kid that's going to be a great addition to our volleyball program. It's a huge step in where our program is trying to go."
In the classroom Ellis maintained a 4.00 GPA and serves on her school's student council. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and Century's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, and has donated her time as a local youth volleyball instructor.
"She's that kid that's just a great teammate," Buchanan said. "She's going to go out of her way to be supportive as well as competitive, and those are the type of kids you want. For us it's exciting because we have a good class of those type of kids coming in."
Ellis will join the Vandals in the fall of 2012.