Recruiting Update: Haleigh Washington; Nia Reed

Haleigh Washington (6-4 MH – 2014)

From an article by Kevin Carmody in, December 5, 2012:

5A/4A Volleyball Peak Performer: Haleigh Washington of Doherty

Washington wants to go higher – literally

Haleigh Washington likes a good challenge. She’s also her own worst  critic.

When analyzing her weaknesses on the volleyball court as she anticipates her  senior year next season at Doherty, her voice jumped as she planned her next  move.

“I’m going to high jump for our track team this year,” the affable and humble  Washington said. “It’ll be my first year going out for track. I’ve never done  it. Track takes coordination, which I lack in that department. But doing this  will help my vertical. You can always improve.”

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That’s right, Washington wants to jump even higher. Her vertical jump takes  her above the rim to dunk a basketball. That was this year. For her, what she  does now won’t be good enough when she and the Spartans defend their 5A state  volleyball crown in 2013.

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Nia Reed (6-2 OH – 2014)

H.S. girls volleyball: Nia Reed named Player of the Year

From a December 2, 2012 post by Greg Mattura in

From the first serve on opening night to the final kill at the Tournament of Champions, Nia Reed established herself as New Jersey’s No. 1 girls volleyball player.

The 6-foot-2 junior from Immaculate Heart added more weapons to her hard-hitting arsenal while leading the all-girls school from Washington Township to a repeat title at the TOC.

The Penn State-bound Reed hits the ball as hard as anyone in New Jersey, but her improved passing, serving and blocking earned her The Record girls volleyball Player of the Year honor.

“I’m always looking to improve,” said the affable Reed, a Fort Lee resident, “so hopefully next season I’ll be better than this season.”

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