JONESBORO, AR (ASU) — Arkansas State volleyball signee Drew Jones was named the Arkansas Volleyball Player of the Year by Gatorade and USA TODAY Sports Friday.
Jones, a 6-1 middle blocker from Fort Smith, Ark., signed with A-State during the early signing period on Nov. 13. She led Southside High School to a 34-3 record and the Class 7A state title this season. Throughout the course of the season she registered 388 kills on an attack percentage of .431, 151 blocks and 23 service aces. She was a three-time All-Conference and All-State player and was named the MVP of the Class 7A state tournament. In addition to this award, she was named the All-Arkansas Prep Volleyball Player of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
"We are very happy for Drew and her family on this impressive award," A-State volleyball coach David Rehr said. "We are also very excited to have Drew join us next season. Arkansas State volleyball's future is bright."
The award also took into consideration the academics and character of the recipients. Jones is excellent in the classroom as evidenced by her 4.09 GPA and membership in National Honor Society. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has volunteered locally at the Special Olympics, as a math tutor, and as a youth basketball and volleyball camp counselor.
Jones will join an Arkansas State squad that went 15-20 in 2013, with a 9-9 mark in the Sun Belt Conference, and advanced to the SBC Tournament semifinals for the second straight season under coach Rehr.