Stats don’t lie. And while they don’t always tell the whole story, the narrative in 2019 on the court was that Katy Corbett was one of the best players in this corner of the state of Georgia.
The junior outside hitter takes home the honors of BLITZ Volleyball Player of the Year.
2019 BY THE NUMBERS
- 350 Kills (8.3/game)
- 370 Digs (8.8/game)
- 92.9% Serve
- 40 Aces
In leading the Lady Indians to the state playoffs for the fourth straight season and a #7 state ranking, Corbett put up incredible numbers (370 digs, 350 kills, 40 aces, 92.9% serve). Of the finalists for the award this season, she had the most digs and kills.
- Katy Corbett – 56 pts (7 1st-place votes)
- Alexandra Shalikashvili – 51 pts (5)
- Chloe Bennett – 31.5 pts (2)
- Jenna Ash – 23.5 pts (1)
- Annabelle Cox – 22 pts (1)
Corbett wasn’t the clear-cut favorite, as Alexandra Shalikashvili showed just as strong with almost identical votes. It was that close. In fact, all of the finalists garnered at least one 1st-place vote, showing how strong this group was.
Voting included our 16-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts
HISTORY OF VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- 2019 – Katy Corbett – Tallulah Falls JR OH
- 2018 – JoJo Smith – Jefferson SO OH
- 2017 – Katerina Shalikashvili – Habersham SR OH
- 2016 – Lainey Gosnell – Habersham SR MH
- 2015 – Lainey Gosnell – Habersham JR OH
- 2014 – Chaselin Allen – Habersham SR L
- 2013 – Caeli Chambers – Habersham SR L
- 2012 – Haley Gerrin – Habersham SR MH
- 2011 – Haley Gerrin – Habersham JR MH
- 2010 – Alexia Wilson – Lumpkin JR MH
- 2009 – Megan Rowland – Habersham SR OH
Corbett is the 3rd straight outside hitter, and 5th overall to win the award. She’s the first Tallulah Falls player to claim the honors, and for only the 5th time, an underclassmen wins the award.
LOOKING AHEAD – THE NEXT FAVORITE(S)
Three of the finalists from this pool will be back to make a run next season, led by Corbett, White’s Jenna Ash, and Jefferson’s Annabelle Cox, not to mention JoJo Smith, who was a nominee this year after winning the award in 2018. Habersham, however, is LOADED and has maybe the best young player of all in Madeline Koshuta.
POY Graphic (Framed) – Katy Corbett
POY Graphic (Framed) - Katy Corbett