Cherry Creek’s Carter Booth named Gatorade Colorado Volleyball Player of the Year

CHICAGO Individual accolades continue to flow for Carter Booth.

Booth was named the 2021-2022 Gatorade Colorado Volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday. Booth is the first Gatorade Colorado volleyball player of the year to be chosen from Cherry Creek.

The 6-foot-7 senior center tackle led the Bruins to a 26-2 record and the Class 5A State Championship last season. She amassed 335 kills with 127 blocks, 70 digs and 35 aces on service, while recording a .453 save percentage. A member of the Under Armor All-American First Team, she was selected as the Class 5A Player of the Year and is ranked as the nation’s No.14 prospect in the Class of 2022 by PrepVolleyball.com.

Booth has volunteered locally on behalf of Volunteers of America’s Adopt a Family program and UCHealth diaper drives. She also maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.47 in class. She signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball with a scholarship to the University of Minnesota this fall.

“Carter is building a wall that is difficult for opposing hitters to get around,” said Ashley Ahlman, head coach of Ralston Valley. “Offensively, she is a very intelligent player who sees the field well. She is also a phenomenal leader for her team.

Booth joins recent Gatorade Colorado volleyball players of the year Anjelina Starck (2020-21, Rampart), Julianna Dalton (2019-20, Chaparral), McKenna Sciacca (2018-19, Lewis-Palmer) and Keeley Davis ( 2017-18, Rock Canyon), among the state’s past award list.

The award, which recognizes not only exceptional athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, recognizes Booth as Colorado’s top volleyball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year to be announced in January, Booth joins an elite alumni association of State Laureates, including United States volleyball players Kayla Banwarth (2006-07 , Wahlert High School, Iowa), Alisha Glass (2005-06, Leland Public High School, Michigan), Jordan Larson (2004-05, Logan View High School, Neb.) And Foluke Akinradewo (2004-05, St. Thomas High School, Florida)

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