Aliso Niguel's Kathryn Plummer had 368 kills this season while leading the Wolverines to the CIF-SS Division 1A quarterfinals. She signed with Stanford in November.

Aliso Niguel's Plummer is Gatorade state player of the year


Aliso Niguel senior Kathryn Plummer has been selected the Gatorade state volleyball player of the year, it was announced Tuesday.

The Stanford-bound player, who split time at setter and opposite hitter this season, is the first county girls volleyball player to receive this award since Orange Lutheran’s Lauren Corp in 2008-09.

The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence as well as high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.

“She’s not just good at volleyball, but she’s a straight-A student and she’s accomplished so much outside of high school volleyball, with her charity work and beach (play),” Aliso Niguel coach DP Butler said. “Once you talk to her, it is impossible not to like her.”

Plummer has participated in volunteer work for the Special Olympics, Stand Up to Cancer and the Walk to Remember.

On the beach, Plummer is one of the more accomplished players around. She was a member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Team and the U.S. U-19 Beach National Team. She is the only player to receive medals in both indoor and beach volleyball at the FIVB World Championships.

Plummer was selected to the Register’s All-County first team as a junior.

This year, Butler noted, she took on more of a leadership role for the Wolverines.

“She was always on board,” Butler said. “I think she learned a lot on how to lead a team this year. It wasn’t just about being the best player, but encouraging them and helping them to be the best that they could be. She was a great asset.”

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