Created: May 06, 2021 06:46 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Stewartville senior Erin Lamb was named the Minnesota Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year on Thursday.
The award considers academic and athletic achievements as well as community service.
"I think that's just an incredible honor. I love that it's an honor that's not only focused on volleyball but it's also focused on things outside of volleyball like our school and character," Lamb said.
Lamb has helped shape the Stewartville volleyball program, helping it to a Class AA state title in 2019 and a perfect season in 2020. After all of the volleyball practices and games she has played in her life, the state tournament run two years ago is among her favorite.
"As a team we set our goals to be able to do that and it's just amazing that we did it. Very exciting part of my high school career; probably the most memorable part," Lamb said.
The University of Kentucky started recruiting Lamb when she was just 16. Since then she has committed to play for the Wildcats, who just won the national title in April.
"It's not about volleyball in terms of athletics and competing at the highest level. It's about the people and Erin is a very driven, selfless competitor. She is very serious about school. Very serious about her relationships and friends and family, and also happens to be very good at volleyball," Kentucky Head Coach Craig Skinner said.
Lamb is happy that after all of the support the community has given her, she was able to earn Stewartville one last award.
"Just all of the amazing people here support. Family, friends, coaches, teammates, community, just in general. It's just such an honor, an unbelievable honor to be able to be of those names who have won this award and to be able to leave my legacy for Stewartville volleyball as it has been. I'm just so thankful."
Lamb graduates in June and shortly after will start her career with the defending national champions.
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