JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Chattahoochee High School’s Haley Templeton has been named the 2013-14 Gatorade Georgia Volleyball Player of the Year.
Templeton is the first Gatorade Georgia Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Chattahoochee. This is Gatorade’s 29th year honoring the nation’s best high school athletes with an award that recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
Templeton, a 6-foot-1 senior setter, amassed 1,271 assists, 541 digs, 436 kills, 93 service aces and 59 blocks.
She led the Cougars (48-10) to the Class AAAAAA state finals. An Under Armour First Team All-American as named by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Templeton owned a .435 hitting percentage and .528 kill percentage.
The Class AAAAAA Co-Player of the Year as named by the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association, she twice earned All-American honors for the A5 Volleyball Club at the AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships.
“It is truly an honor to watch a young lady achieve her dreams,” said Chattahoochee head volleyball coach Jennie Blevins. “I know how hard Haley has worked over the past four years, and now that determination and drive are paying off. She is making Chattahoochee proud. I am so excited for her and what the future holds for her.”
Templeton has maintained a 3.68 scholastic average and has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Miami beginning in the fall of 2014.
“I had the pleasure of coaching Haley for three years when she was just starting to play volleyball,” said Tim Corrigan, Chattahoochee’s curriculum assistant principal. “What I remember most about Haley was her athleticism, her competitiveness and her keen volleyball IQ for such a young player.”
Templeton had natural leadership that helped create dynamic team chemistry on the court, Corrigan said.
“These skills improved during her high school and club career and she is the most respected volleyball player in Georgia,” he said.
The selection process is administered by Gatorade’s high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA Today High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.