CHICAGO — Kelsey Williams of Helena High has been named the 2009-10 Gatorade Montana volleyball player of the year.
The 5-foot-9 senior outside hitter recorded 442 kills and 270 digs this past season, leading the Bengals (20-6) to the Class AA state tournament. A two-time Class AA first team all-state selection and three-time first team all-conference honoree, Williams also compiled 77 service aces, 51 blocks and 48 assists during her senior campaign. She finished with a .417 kill percentage and .320 hitting percentage this fall and concluded her prep career as her school’s all-time kills leader.
Williams has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating her time to her school’s peer leadership initiative and special needs program, she has volunteered as a mentor and tutor at a local elementary school and on behalf of her church.
Williams is the first Helena High player to win the Gatorade award for volleyball. Billings Senior players Emily Carroll (2008-09) and Ashley Welborn (2007-08) won the award the previous two years.
For information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information and a list of past winners, visit www.playeroftheyear.gatorade.com on the Internet.