Mount de Sales standout Katy Buck on Wednesday was named the 2009-10 Gatorade Maryland Volleyball Player of the Year.
Buck's receiving the honor, which is awarded for not only athletic excellence but also academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the court, means she is a finalist for the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award. The winner will be announced late this month.
Buck, a senior outside hitter who this month was also named The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Volleyball Player of the Year, recorded 306 kills, 286 digs, 109 service aces and a hitting percentage of .462 this season. She led the Sailors to a second consecutive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title and, earlier in the season, a championship in the prestigious Bulldog Tournament. Mount de Sales finished 22-1, losing to Good Counsel in the championship match of the Maryland/D.C. Private Schools Tournament.
Carrying a 4.26 weighted grade-point average, Buck will attend Towson University next fall on a volleyball scholarship. She is a senior class officer and president of Mount de Sales' Sodality Club, which participates in community service projects.
Working with sports experts and high school sports journalists, Gatorade and ESPN RISE annually recognize one Player of the Year in each state and Washington for football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, and boys and girls track and field. One National Player of the Year is selected in each sport.
Buck joins St. Paul's alum Bailey Webster (2008-09 and 2007-08) and Tehya Mockapetris of Centennial (2006-07) among the list of Maryland Volleyball Players of the Year.