Valley High School student-athlete Madi Kubik has been named the Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year. She is the first Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Valley High School.
Kubik’s selection distinguishes her as Iowa’s best high school volleyball player. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
The 6-foot-1-inch junior outside hitter recorded 544 kills, 247 digs, 34 service aces, and 33 blocks this past season, leading the Valley Tigers to the Class 5A state finals. A member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Team, Kubik was selected to the Elite All-State Team and was named the Class 5A Player of the Year. Kubik has also maintained a 3.68 GPA in the classroom and volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Meals From the Heartland, and youth volleyball camps.
“By the end of the season, Kubik was unstoppable, just lights out,” said Mary Beth Wiskus, head coach at Dowling Catholic High. “She’s a real six-rotation player who can play outside, middle, and back, and she was dominating at state. She was able to bring that team together.”
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award, Kubik joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports. She will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support.
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