Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake junior Carlie Rzeszotarski has added to her impressive list of accomplishments on the volleyball court.
Rzeszotarski has been named the 2020-21 Gatorade New York Volleyball Player of the Year, Gatorade announced this week.
The 6-foot-1 outside hitter and Colgate commit is the third Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake player to receive the honor as New York’s top girls’ volleyball player, joining Sarah Morton (2005-06) and Erin Little (2007-08). With the honor, Rzeszotarski becomes a finalist for the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.
“She is one of the best high school players ever to play in this area,” Burnt Hills coach Gary Bynon said last December when Rzeszotarski committed to Colgate.
After leading Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to a Class A state championship and earning MVP honors at the state tournament as a sophomore in 2019, Rzeszotarski led the Spartans through a dominant 20-0 campaign in the recently-completed “Fall II” season. Though there were no Section II or state playoffs, Rzeszotarski still recorded 290 kills, 141 digs and 40 service aces with a .493 hitting percentage en route to being named a first-team all-state selection, the Suburban Council MVP and the Section II Player of the Year.
“I don’t think I’ve seen a better player than Carlie Rzeszotarski in the state during the last 10 years,” Niskayuna head coach and former Burnt Hills player Christina Coons said in the release announcing the award. “She’s developed into a dominant player. Not only is she a go-to hitter in the front row or back row, she’s also the definition of a team player. Her energy is infectious.”