MUNOZ OF MONROE HIGH TAKES TOP HONER AS VB PLAYER OF THE YEAR
December 17, 2008
(MONROE, WA) -- On Tuesday of this week the well known Gatorade Company named Kylin Munoz, a senior at Monroe High School, as the company’s 2008 Volleyball Player of the Year for Washington State.
Munoz is a 6-foot-1 outside hitter who finished the year with a .437 hitting percentage in leading the 19-3 Bearcats to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament.
Munoz is now eligible for the National Player of the Year award that will be announced later this month.
In a statement released by Gatorade Kentwood coach Bill Callier said "she's one of the top five (players) that I've sever seen come out of Washington."
The award, which recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character both on and off the court, distinguishes each athlete that earns the coveted award.
The Gatorade Player of the Year awards are given to both boys and girls at the high school athletic level. They are given for football, baseball, boy's & girl's basketball, boy's and girl's soccer, girl's volleyball, softball, girl's and boy's track & field, and boys & girls cross country.
The award is given to the best athlete in their respective sport by state, then each state winner is in the running for the national winner. Then, the national winners of each boy's and girl's sports are in the running for the boy and girl's athlete of the year.
Past national winners include Peyton Manning and Emmitt Smith for football, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant for basketball, Alex Rodriguez for baseball and Kerri Walsh for volleyball.
Walsh and teammate, Misty May-Treanor, were Gold Medalists in beach volleyball at both the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. They have been called "the greatest beach volleyball team of all time".