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Mercy’s Jess Mruzik named Michigan’s Gatorade Volleyball POY for 2nd straight season, VolleyballMag.com’s national POY

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, January 17, 2020, 1:30 pm

Jess Mruzik has already started her college experience, enrolling early at the University of Michigan, where she’ll play volleyball the next four years.

But she’s still cleaning up on the awards circuit from her high school playing career at Farmington Hills Mercy, earlier this week named the Gatorade Michigan Volleyball Player of the Year for the second straight season. 

One day later, she was named the national high school Player of the Year by VolleyballMag.com. 

Mruzik is the fifth Michigan player to be honored two straight years with the Gatorade award, joining Portage Northern’s Kim Taskey (1997-98 and 1998-99), Fraser’s Angie McGinnis (2002-03 and 2003-04), Macomb Dakota’s Carli Snyder (2012-13 and 2013-14) and Novi’s Erin O’Leary (2016-17 and 2017-18). 

The outside hitter was named Michigan’s Miss Volleyball by the MIVCA, after leading the Marlins (59-1) to their first-ever state title in the fall. 

Mruzik finished her senior season with 495 kills (0.635 kill percentage), 209 digs and 47 aces, and her 2,151 career kills are 16th most in state history, according to the MHSAA record book. 

One of 51 winners (one for each state, and one for the District of Columbia), Mruzik is now in the running to win national Gatorade Player of the Year honors, which will be announced later this month. No Michigan player has ever won national Gatorade POY honors in volleyball.