Kiara Robichaud of Joel Barlow High School has been named the 2018-19 Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player of the Year. Robichaud is the first Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Joel Barlow High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Robichaud as Connecticut’s best high school volleyball player.
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award to be announced in January, Robichaud joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports.
The 5-foot-11 senior outside hitter led the Falcons to a 25-1 record and the Class L state championship this past season. Robichaud recorded 529 kills, 253 digs, 57 service aces and 23 blocks. The MVP of the state tournament, she was also a First Team All-State selection and a three-time All-South West Conference honoree.
Also a talented violinist, Robichaud has served as a peer tutor and has volunteered locally on behalf of Paws for a Cause. “Kiara Robichaud has the complete package,” said Nelson Kwok, head coach at Masuk High. “She’s a six-rotation player who passes well, makes quick transitions and hits over the block, from different angles.”
Robichaud has maintained a weighted 4.40 GPA in the classroom. She remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.