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LNHS's Cisneros Repeats as Gatorade Player of the Year

In its 39th year of honoring the nation’s most elite high school athletes, Gatorade today announced Carlie Cisneros of Liberty North High School is the 2023-24 Gatorade Missouri Volleyball Player of the Year. Cisneros is the second Gatorade Missouri Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Liberty North High School.

The award, which celebrates the nation’s top high school athletes for excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community, distinguishes Cisneros as Missouri’s best high school volleyball player. From CEOs and coaches to star athletes, Gatorade Player of the Year winners showcase the power of sport, touting an all-star group of alumni that includes Harper Murray (2022-23, Skyline High School, Mich.), Kerri Walsh Jennings (1995- 96, Archbishop Mitty High School, Calif.) and April Ross (1999-00, Newport Harbor High School, Calif.).

The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, the 6-foot-1 senior outside hitter recorded 405 kills and 356 digs this past season, leading the Eagles (24-7) to the Class 5 state quarterfinals. Cisneros also compiled 52 blocks and 49 service aces while posting a .459 kill percentage and a .362 hitting percentage. Ranked as the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2024 by PrepVolleyball.com, Cisneros is a four-time Class 5 First Team All-State selection. She concluded her prep volleyball career with a school-record 1,642 kills.

A member of the Liberty North High School Kindness Club, Cisneros has volunteered locally as a youth volleyball coach and mentor. “Carlie Cisneros is an incredible player,” said Alex Moore, head coach of Blue Springs South High School. “She was their go-to player on the court and allowed them many different offensive options, even from the back row.”

Cisneros has maintained a weighted 4.0 GPA in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Arizona this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which leverages experts including coaches, scouts, media and others as sources to help evaluate and determine the state winners in each sport.

Two-time winner Cisneros joins recent Gatorade Missouri Volleyball Players of the Year Ella Swindle (2021-22, Rock Bridge High School), Addison Beagle (2020-21, Liberty North High School), and Birdie Hendrickson (2019-20, Logan-Rogersville High School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

As part of Gatorade’s commitment to breaking down barriers in sport, every Player of the Year also receives a grant to donate to a social impact partner. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners’ grants have totaled more than $4.9 million across more than 1,600 organizations.

To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, check out past winners or to nominate student athletes, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com or follow us on social media on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePOY, Instagram at instagram.com/Gatorade and Twitter at twitter.com/Gatorade.