Net gains expected for Winfield sophomore
Young in age yet long on talent, sophomore Emily Reed returns this season to help lead the Winfield volleyball team.
Reed started her freshman campaign with the program’s junior varsity squad, but ultimately transitioned to varsity. Reed played a large role in the Generals’ run to the Class AA state tournament, and with the graduation of several players, Reed will be expected to make significant contributions.
“She played a good deal on our JV team, because I had options for varsity, but then throughout the season she ended up playing on the varsity team as well, and really she was a key factor in our success,” Winfield coach Rebecca Lovejoy said. “I’m excited, because she will be one of our key players this year. It will be fun to watch her grow throughout the season.”
At first, Reed said she felt uneasy making the jump from JV, but her teammates quickly made her comfortable.
“I was nervous for it, but I ended up really liking it, and I felt like I fit in,” Reed said. “The upperclassmen really helped a lot.”
Now that she’s found her fit on the floor, Reed’s focused on improving her skills.
“I’m trying to improve on hitting the ball harder, obviously, because that’s always a good thing,” she said. “I’ve been trying to improve my strength by lifting weights.”
Determination and work ethic list among Reed’s top traits, Lovejoy said.
“She’s a hard worker, and that’s been something you’re able to see from the moment you walk through the door,” Lovejoy said. “She’s not there to goof off. She’s there to work hard and do the best that she can.”
Height and talent for leaping, developed as a former high-jumper, provide Reed a solid foundation and presence in the middle.
“I feel like I’m really strong in the front row and jumping high helps me a lot,” Reed said.
As a whole, the Generals return talent across the floor, Reed said.
“We’re really a good overall team,” she said. “We have good passers and a good front row, really good setters. We’re an all-around good team and we have good chemistry together.”
With Reed’s talent and her youth, Winfield expects a bright future for its volleyball team.
“There’s always room for improvement, but as a sophomore and being as talented as she is now, I do look forward to watching her success throughout the next two or three years that she has here at Winfield,” Lovejoy said.