National POY Watch: Nia Reed

National POY Watch: Nia Reed

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National POY Watch: Nia Reed

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From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Girls Volleyball Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.

Nia Reed
Senior middle hitter, Immaculate Heart Academy (Washington Township, N.J.)

Greatness Present: How does IHA coach Maria Nolan stay on top after 37 seasons, 800 career victories and six straight Non-Public A state championships? By molding players like Nia Reed. That’s how.

The 6-foot-2 Reed has the Blue Eagles (38-2) riding a streak of 29 straight victories against New Jersey opponents and roaring into the postseason in pursuit of a seventh straight crown.

She leads IHA with 391 kills, 156 digs, 78 blocks, 45 service aces and a .647 kill percentage, including 10 digs, nine kills and four blocks in a 2-0 first-round sweep of Ridgewood (N.J.) in the Bergen County Tournament over the weekend.

Greatness Past: The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year led the Blue Eagles to a third straight Tournament of Champions title as a junior, recording 525 kills, 122 digs, 100 blocks and 42 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .653 in 2012.

Reed has also participated in USA Volleyball’s Youth National Team events each of the past two summers.

Greatness Future: Reed has verbally committed to Penn State

Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Girls Volleyball Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.

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