– Coronado High School volleyball player Berkeley Oblad has been named The Gatorade Nevada Volleyball Player of the Year in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports.
The award, presented Dec. 11 by the Gatorade Company in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, as well high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
The 6-foot-4 senior middle blocker led the Cougars to a 34-7 record and the Division 1 state championship in the 2013 season in which she recorded 272 kills, 69 blocks and 41 service aces, while posting a hitting percentage of .442.
Oblad is big, long and athletic. Her size alone would be a problem, but she has great skill to go with that size.
“Oblad is big, long and athletic,” said Phil Clarke, head coach at 2013 state championship rival school Palo Verde High. “Her size alone would be a problem, but she has great skill to go with that size. She’s powerful, with a good variety of shots, and she can hit from all over the floor.”
Oblad joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including USA Volleyball players Kim Glass (2001-02, Horseshoe HS, Penn.), Kim Willoughby (1998-99, 1999-00, Assumption HS, La.) and Ogonna Nnamani (1999-00, University HS, Ill).
Oblad has maintained a 3.63 GPA in the classroom, is a member of her church youth group and has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter, the Special Olympics and youth volleyball programs.
“I woke up this morning feeling very thirsty for some red Gatorade. Now I know why!” said Oblad’s mother, Jody Oblad. “Berkeley is a brilliantly smart, humble, self-motivated, kind, God-loving, believing, one-of-a-kind fantastic child. This is unbelievable! “
Oblad has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball on scholarship at the University of Utah. She will graduate early in January to begin attending classes on the Salt Lake City campus six days later.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in each state (and the District of Columbia) and awards one National Player of the Year in a variety of mainstream sports.
The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, visit the company website. | iH
Photos courtesy the Oblad family.