did what her coach thought she would ... lead.
And that she did, as the 6-foot-1 outside hitter for unbeaten and MaxPreps No. 1-ranked Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.)
led the Hornets to the Florida 4A state championship and an unbeaten 32-0 record.
For her efforts, Owens is honored as the MaxPreps Medium Schools National Player of the Year.
Owens, who will play next for Virginia Tech, showed how dominant she had been all season in the semifinals of the Florida state tournament when she registered 37 kills in a 3-2 win over Ransom (25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-11).
In the title match 3-0 sweep over defending state champion Berkeley Prep (Tampa), Owens totaled 14 kills. For the season, she totaled 469 kills (48 percent hitting percentage), 41 aces (91 percent serving percentage), 297 digs, 50 assists and 25 blocks.
Bishop Moore coach Tanya Jarvis said Owens is the team leader.
"She's just such a dynamic physical leader for us out on the court. Everyone notices her hitting, but her passing is also the best on the team as well. I think what people don't realize is that her most important thing on this team – above her offense, her passing and her serving – is that she doesn't stop. It's the same tempo in practice and matches and it's contagious to the entire team."
As a junior in 2011, Owens led her team to a 32-2 record with nearly identical statistics and was named Central Florida's Most Outstanding Player. She was recently named Florida's 4A Player of the Year, the overall Player of the Year and a finalist for Florida's Miss Volleyball honor.
Other nominees for Player of the Year included: Eve Davis of Charlotte Latin (N.C.), Makayla Lindburg of Crook County (Prineville, Ore.), Katherine Carlson of Notre Dame Prep ( Pontiac, Mich.) and Tatiana Durr of Cathedral Catholic (San Diego).
Bishop Moore is also our Medium Schools Team of the Year, as it was the second Florida high school volleyball team to go unbeaten. The Hornets won 86 of their 97 games this season.
Jarvis is the Coach of the Year as she guided Bishop Moore to the mythical national title.
All total, the Hornets played 16 schools from larger divisions and only six of their 2012 opponents had losing records, whereas more than half of their foes won 20 or more games.
It was Jarvis' first state title as a coach, but she had two as a player - at Bishop Moore.MaxPreps 2012 Medium Schools Volleyball All-American teams
OH/MB - Bridget Bussell, St. Francis (Traverse City, Mich.), 6-1 Senior
led St. Francis to the Michigan Class C finals. On the season, she
tallied 580 kills, 110 aces (445 serves), 63 blocks, 331 digs, and
430 serve receptions. MH/OH - Makayla Lindburg, Crook County (Prineville, Ore.), 6-0 Senior
led 36-4-1 Crook County to its seventh-straight 4A state title. She
recorded 477 kills, 48 aces, 276 digs, 93 blocks and only 12
errors in 358 serve receptions. A three-time Oregon 4A Player of the
Year and four-time state tournament MVP, Lindburg signed with the University
of Portland.MH/OH - Rachel Sharp, Tarkington (Cleveland, Texas), 6-0 Senior
Sharp led Tarkington to a 37-8 record and a Final Four berth at the state tournament.
During the season, she tallied 480 kills (51.5 percent), 253 digs, 189 blocks,
555 serves (33 aces) and a 97.8 percent serving percentage. OH - Eve Davis, Charlotte Latin (N.C.), 6-1 Senior
Davis led Latin to a 38-1 record and North Carolina's 3A state title. She recorded 654 kills, 76 aces, 379 digs, 47 blocks, and 477 serve receptions. Davis signed with North Carolina State.OH - Tatiana Durr, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 6-0 Senior
helped lead Cathedral to California's D-III title. She totaled 479 kills, 90 percent serving on 400 serves (59 aces), 54 blocks, 306 serve
receptions (15 errors) and 209 digs.OH - Allie Davenport, Sandy Creek (Tyrone, Ga.), 5-11 Senior
posted 645 kills, 141 aces, 343 digs, 56 blocks, 98 assists and
550 serve receptions (25 errors) in leading Sandy Creek to the state 4A
title. She will attend the University of Chattanooga.OH - Carli Snyder, Dakota (Macomb, Mich.), 6-2 Junior
Snyder led Dakota to Michigan's Class A state title and a 43-3 record. She had 931 kills on the season.OH - Katherine Carlson, Notre Dame Prep (Pontiac, Mich.), 5-10 Sophomore
Carlson amassed 923 kills (61.5 kill percentage) in leading NDP to a 52-10 record. She also totaled 403 digs, 45 aces and 62 blocks.OH - Alexis Conaway, MOC-Floyd Valley (Orange City, Iowa), 6-0 Junior
led MOC-Floyd Valley to the Class 3A state championship and was named
Iowa's State Player of the Year. A standout in basketball and track,
Conaway slammed 489 kills for a 33-8 squad that won each of its last
nine matches in its first state appearance.S - Allie Monserez, Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.), 5-10 Junior
for unbeaten Bishop Moore (Florida 4A title winner), she totaled 202
digs, 36 kills, 40 aces and 850 assists.S - Lauren Miller, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 5-9 Senior
helped lead CC (34-4) to the California D-III title. On 479 serves, she recorded 43 aces and had a 97 percent serving percentage. She also had 1,060 assists and
210 digs.DS/L - Brooke Fasciana, Jensen Beach (Fla.), 5-5 Senior
Fasciana led Jensen Beach (26-5) to the Florida 5A state title. She compiled 572 digs and 358 serve receptions.AA - Carley Hoover, Daniel (Central, S.C.), 6-2 Senior
led the Tigers to a 28-12 record and recorded 452 kills, 63 aces, 264
digs, and 468 receptions. She will play softball at Stanford.