A Stellar Career Ends Perfectly, With A Championship

The Hartford Courant


POSITION: Outside hitter

COACH: George McKinnon

CLASS: Senior

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Second consecutive year named as the All-Courant player of the year. … Her 578 kills were the most in the state. Also had 133 aces, second in the state, and 460 digs, which was third in the state. Had 232 service points and finished the season with a serving percentage of 84.1, with 98 percent jump serves. … One of 24 players named to the Under Armour All-American first team and the only one from New England. … Played in the Under Armour All-American game on Dec. 16 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. … Had 32 kills in Rocky Hill's 3-2 upset victory of Joel Barlow-Redding in the Class M championship game, giving the Terriers their first state title. … Also led the state in kills as a junior with 457 and was third in the state in 2010 with 344 digs. … Finished her career with 1,517 kills over four seasons. … First-team All-State by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association the last three years.

REED SAID: "All year I was thinking our last volleyball game is going to be really sad. I figured it would be in the state tournament, but I just knew that last game would be really sad. Then we just kept advancing and advancing in the tournament. I was just thinking 'Oh my gosh.' Then we won the state championship and I couldn't even be upset that it was over because it was just the perfect way for it to end. I'm still on cloud nine about it. It's just awesome."

McKINNON SAID: "She's a once-in-a-lifetime player that you get to coach. It's unbelievable to say, but she did improve so much from her junior year to her senior year. The biggest thing was how quick on the court she became. Not just speedwise but transitionwise, where she could be on the floor and make a dig and get back up and transition into position to hit the ball over the net. That just increased so much. That just made her so much above everybody else around her. Sometimes I'd just watch on the court and I was just amazed at what she could do. Her court awareness was so great for the team. With the younger girls, we had three sophomores playing a lot of minutes on the team, for them to see her and use her knowledge and learn from her, it was really like having an assistant coach out on the court."

UP NEXT: Will attend Division I Rice University on a full volleyball scholarship in the fall.

IN 10 YEARS: "I don't really know. I spent most of high school making goals for myself and trying to reach them. As of now my only goal is finding my place at Rice and to just have a great experience there. I'm trying so hard right now to focus on the near future because I'm going to be exhausted if I try to focus on anything more than that."

MISCELLANEOUS: Mother, Dorothy Franco-Reed, was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and volleyball at the University of Alabama in the late 1970s and coached the Alabama volleyball coach from 1990-96. … Father, Tom, was a decathlete at Wyoming and an alternate on the 1988 U.S. Olympic handball team. … Brother, Ty, is a walk-on quarterback at Alabama.

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