Outside hitter picks up No. 1,000 for her career

Boiling Springs outside hitter Maddie Reed doesn’t have a set plan of attack once the ball is in the air.

“Honestly, I just listen to my teammates,” she said. “Kelsey Elliott, my best friend, was my libero for three years. She and our liberos now always tell me where to hit and where to go. I just try to swing as hard as possible, and sometimes I try to mix it up.”

That strategy has worked well for the Bulldogs’ senior, who recently recorded her 1,000th kill. The milestone was celebrated before the Bulldogs’ match last week against Hillcrest.

“I feel really good,” Reed said of the accomplishment. “I couldn’t have been here without all my teammates, past and present, my coaches, my club coaches, and all my club girls as well. I’m just really thankful for the opportunity.”

Boiling Springs coach Allyson Elliott said Reed’s approach to the game, as much as her talent, has contributed to her success.

“Maddie loves playing volleyball,” Elliott said. “She has always been a player who brings energy to the court. Her attitude and energy have made her successful. She came in as an eighth-grader and played with some talented young ladies. She just wanted to be on the court, and in those years we used her in the middle. She worked on her passing and defense and soon became a six-rotation player.”

Reed’s accomplishment came in what’s year in and year out one of the toughest volleyball regions in the state. She said that makes it even more special.

“It’s something to be very proud of, but it’s also really humbling,” she said. “Just knowing there are all these great girls around me who I’m competing with and who are building me up.”

Elliott said building others up is a key trait for Reed, as well.

“She has in turn over the last couple of seasons encouraged and been a great influence to our younger players,” she said. “She desires for the team to experience success and continues to work hard.”

Reed has committed to play collegiately at Lander, where she hopes to study marketing.