Chaparral's Julianna Dalton named volleyball player of the year by Gatorade

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Chaparral senior Julianna Dalton was named the state's volleyball player of the year by Gatorade on Monday.

Dalton, who helped lead the Wolverines to the Class 5A state championship last November, becomes the third volleyball player from Chaparral to win the award — following her sister Nicole (a two-time winner, in 2010-11 and 2011-12), and Sara Ammerman (2005-06).

A 6-foot-5 outside hitter, Dalton was named the 5A player of the year as part of the all-state teams in the fall. She amassed 313 kills, 289 digs, 90 blocks and 76 aces.

A Washington State University recruit, she holds a 3.53 GPA, and volunteers locally on behalf of a nursing home.

"Julianna Dalton can impact the game in multiple ways," said Castle View coach Scott Dowis. "She's obviously a great attacker, but she's also a tremendous blocker and server. She was the emotional leader of her team."