Recruiting Update: Kelly Robertson, Simone Lee, and Nia Reed

Recruiting Update

6-0 MH/OH Kelly Robertson (2013)

Parkland High School girls volleyball team controls Southern Lehigh in battle of undefeated squads

October 10, 2012.  By Kyle Craig | The Express-Times

Parkland senior Taylor Krause felt her team was a little nervous to start their match against Southern Lehigh.  If that was the case, the Trojans seamlessly transitioned from nervous to dominant.

Parkland defeated the Spartans 25-18, 25-18, 25-17 tonight at Southern Lehigh High School in a battle of the two unbeaten teams at the top of The Express-Times region rankings.

“All of our practices throughout the year have been preparing for this team and they did really, really well and gave us a good game,” said senior outside/middle hitter Kelly Robertson, the reigning Lehigh Valley Conference Most Valuable Player.

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Here’s a video interview with Kelly Robertson:

6-1 OH Simone Lee (2014)

We’re really late with this one (it was posted on January 13, 2012): Simone Lee (#29) of Milwaukee Sting 16Gold v Celtic Force 18Green. Milwaukee Sting won in two and took first in the pool.

6-2 OH Nia Reed (2014)

2012 Nia Reed Fans Choice Midseason Athlete of the Fall — Second Round

From article by  Jeremy Schneider/For The Star-LedgerThe Star-Ledger

What they’re saying about Reed: “Unmatched physical and athletic prowess . . . getting a kill is her favorite part of the game . . . she relishes the feeling of providing for her team . . . She can dominate a game in a way that no one else in the state can . . . Penn State, one of the best volleyball programs in the nation, offered her a scholarship after only her freshman year.”

“Immaculate Heart Academy coach Maria Nolan remembers watching Nia Reed play as a freshman, amazed by her athletic ability and natural talent for volleyball. The way she seemed to just hang in the air. How well she was able to block. How she was always smiling.

Reed, a middle blocker for Immaculate Heart, joked earlier this week that coaches knew that she would be good at volleyball even before she did.

‘Oh, we knew. Oh yeah. We knew,’ Nolan said. ‘We kept looking at each other, [coach] Mike [DeCastro] and I, we’d just look and say, ‘Can you just imagine?’’

As only a freshman, before she knew the nuances of the game, Reed was already showing the potential to be one of the best players in the state. Now, as a junior, the ceiling is even higher than that.

‘Nia’s on target to be the best player that ever played in New Jersey,’ Nolan said.”

Read  the article at Star-Ledger

Here are two videos showing highlights of Nia’s team — Immaculate Heart Academy  (Ariel Scott is an IHA grad) — from 2011.  Nia is #17: