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: Kyley Reed
School: Rocky Hill (Conn.)
Position: Outside hitter/opposite hitter
Athletic achievement: Reed led the Terriers to an 18-4 record and the Class M state title this past season. She recorded 578 kills, 460 digs, 133 service aces and 31 blocks while posting a hitting percentage of .598. A 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Under Armour First Team All-American selection, Reed was the Class M State Tournament MVP and a three-time Class M First Team All-State selection. She concluded her prep volleyball career with 1,517 kills, 1,097 digs and 362 service aces.
Academic excellence: Reed has maintained a 3.37 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: Reed has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research and on behalf of a park beautification project.
“Kyley Reed is a kid that raises the level of play of those around her,” said Darien (Conn.) head coach Laurie LaRusso. “She is very talented yet doesn’t act better than anyone else. She’s a hard worker, a team player and is coachable with tremendous skill.”
Reed has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at Rice University beginning in the fall of 2012.