A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Nia Reed
School: Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.)
Position: Middle blocker
Athletic achievement: Reed led the Blue Eagles to a 32-1 record and both the Non-Public state title and the Tournament of Champions title this past season. She recorded 233 kills, 59 blocks and 29 digs while posting a hitting percentage of .544 and a kill percentage of .637. An All-North Jersey selection, Reed missed 11 matches with a broken wrist but returned for the postseason where she recorded 66 kills in six matches with a .604 hitting percentage and a .688 kill percentage.
Academic excellence: Reed has maintained a 3.41 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Reed organized a clothing and equipment drive to benefit youth volleyball players in the Dominican Republic and has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter and food bank and as a youth volleyball coach.
“Nia Reed is an incredible volleyball player,” said Jaime Marzocchi, head coach of Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.). “We played IHA three times this year and lost all three -- she was a main contributor to their success. She stands out among her high school peers as a great player simply because she can put a ball down.”
Reed will begin her junior year of high school next fall.