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.
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.