From a shaky start to East Carter’s second volleyball signee in two years, Caitie Reed signed to Georgetown College last Friday, Feb. 1.
“I am pretty excited and a little nervous,” said Reed. “College is going to be a whole lot different, but I have practiced with some of the girls at Georgetown and they are great. I think it will be a good fit.”
Reed began volleyball in seventh grade. Standing all of five foot nothing and never having touched a volleyball when she started, Reed’s ambition and passion for the sport carried her to among the 16th Region’s best volleyball players.
“I remember the first time I met Caitie. I honestly didn’t think she would be back after the first year but here she is. I am beyond thrilled that this happening today and I am looking forward to watching her play at Georgetown,” said Caitie’s private coach Cabot Keesey.
Reed grew into her potential as a 5’ 11” all-around player. She worked countless hours on perfecting her skills from team camps, to individual lessons and travel ball.
“I had tried every sport except soccer; I wasn’t gonna do soccer. Volleyball is the only one that I really stuck with,” said Reed. “At first, I was terrible, but Cabot helped me a lot and I did camps upon camps, lessons upon lessons. Volleyball was just the one sport I loved, and I will always love it.”
Reed and her family give a special thanks to Keesey who spent many of those countless hours helping her to become the player she is today.
“She wouldn’t be standing here today if it wasn’t for him,” said Erica Reed, Caitie’s mother.
As a senior, Reed was a jack of all trades serving aces, rotating through as a middle hitter and assuming a role as one of the team’s primary setters after Sarah Howard’s graduation. Howard was the Lady Raiders’ only signee last season having signed to Alice Lloyd.
“She just loves the game and that is very important. You have to enjoy what you do to be great at it,” said East Carter Coach Cathy Harris.
During her high school career, Reed helped the Lady Raiders achieve three consecutive district titles and two trips to the regional semifinals.
The 2017 fifth set loss to regional champions Rowan County is among the most talked about matches in 16th Region history.
However, Reed says that the highlight of her East Carter career was this year’s district final win over West Carter.
“It is one of those moments I will never forget. I got tackled to the floor when we won,” said Reed. “We were predicted to lose, but we came out fighting.”
East Carter had fallen short twice during the regular season to their rivals at West Carter before finishing the season with an uncontested three set victory during the championship match.
Reed led the Lady Raiders with 12 kills, four aces and 19 assists.
She finished her senior season with 326 kills, 121 aces, 42 blocks, 21 solo blocks, 249 digs, and 279 assists. She led the team in kills, aces, blocks and digs.
Reed will continue her volleyball career at Georgetown next fall while studying to become a Pediatric PA. Reed says that her time as a peer tutor in the FMD room at East Carter has inspired her career decisions.
“I have loved being with them and it is probably one of my favorite reasons to come to school,” said Reed.