KYLEY REED, ROCKY HILL
Position: Outside hitter
Coach: George McKinnon
Accomplishments: Her 457 kills were the most in the state; 344 digs were third. Also finished with 37 blocks, 45 assists and an 87.4 serve percentage (222-for-254) with 107 aces. … Had 47 kills and 38 digs in a five-game Class M first-round victory over Lauralton Hall-Milford. … Currently has 939 kills in three seasons. … Named the American Volleyball Coaches' Association Connecticut Player of the Week on three occasions, as well as first-team all-state by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for the second time. Also a first-team all-CCC East selection by conference coaches.
Reed said: "I think the best word to describe this season would be improvement. We really got through a lot. We had a habit of getting to the fifth game and losing by two points, but in the first round of the state tournament, we finally broke through with a win. That was the most memorable part of the season." … "We all learned what it meant to be a team. There's a difference between being acquaintances and friends and being teammates. You have to look past the drama. You have to work together in order to be successful."
Coach McKinnon said: "She's a highly skilled and talented player. She's the best player I've ever coached in high school. She brings hard work and dedication every day, not only on her own game, but also for the team. She's committed to the team. She works hard to make everyone around her better, and she's done that every day, from the first day of tryouts to the last match of the year." … "She's just a treat to coach as a player. She's special. You don't get too many of these."
Up next: Playing for the Connecticut Juniors 18-1s club team and will travel to Denver and Indianapolis this winter for tournaments. "In terms of recruiting, it's a huge year for me," Reed said. … She is hearing from all Ivy League schools, in addition to UConn, Syracuse, UC-Irvine, San Francisco, San Diego State and San Diego. "It's good because I know if I want to go somewhere [in the country], I have a place I can play."
In 10 years: "I hope to graduate from a pretty good school that would allow me to have the type of career that I want." Would also like to live in the city and hold a job that allows her to travel.
Miscellaneous: Mother, Dorothy Franco-Reed, was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and volleyball at Alabama in the late 1970s and was the Crimson Tide volleyball coach from 1990-96 before retiring to raise her children. … Father, Tom Reed, 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 and will be part of the squad traveling to Orlando, Fla. for the Capital One Bowl against Michigan State on Jan. 1. … Enjoys reading, writing and watching movies. "I'm a sucker," she said. "I love chick flicks. I'm not going to lie." Lists "The Notebook," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Something's Gotta Give" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" among her favorites. … Traveled with a school group last year to Costa Rica, where she realized she'd enjoy traveling. "I love to learn about other people and other cultures," she said.
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