BATON ROUGE - LSU signee Cati Leak was named a finalist for the 2011 PrepVolleyball.com's National Player of the Year as announced by the organization.
To be considered for the award, the senior player must have made a massive impact on her high school team and the state. At minimum, the honorees were required to have statistics that were the best on her team at her position and be one of the top two players in her state regardless of class.
The senior players were not required to play on a team that won a state championship. However, 37 of the 51 players on the finalist list were 2011 state champions.
The winner of the National Player of the Year award will be based solely on high school achievement during the 2011 season, not past stardom or future collegiate success.
Comments from PrepVolleyball.com's John Tawa on Leak.
"The two-time Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year, Leak led the Wildcats to a 74-5 record in 2011 and a third consecutive Class 4A state title. An LSU signee, top 100 Senior Ace and three-time state tournament MVP, Leak amassed 898 kills, 557 digs, 74 aces and was a primary passer for Jimmy Latta's team, which was arguably the best in the state regardless of classification. Leak also was honored as a First Team Under Armour All-American and state Player of the Year by the Birmingham News."