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Athlete of the Week

Reis rising above net

Allison Reis (click for larger version)
September 29, 2010 - Senior Allison Reis struck her arm out and hit the volleyball back over the net during the second match Thursday night.

It sailed past North Farmington players and was unreturned to Clarkston, giving them another point. Another hit from Reis put the girls added a point to the board. The girls finished the night with a OAA league win.

Reis has added more heighth to the team, not just her 5'9"height, but with skills she has perfected since she started playing volleyball in seventh grade.

"She has put her heart and soul into the program," said Coach Kelly Avenall. "She has been steady for us. She doesn't make a lot of errors. For our two tournaments (in Grand Blanc and in Flushing), she had outstanding days."

Reis has found the perfect balance of volleyball and school during her four years on the Clarkston Varsity Volleyball team.

"It's always important to me to work hard and play hard," she said.

Reis has verbally committed to Niagara University, a Division 1 college in Lewiston, New York. It stood out because of the area and other important factors.

"They are really focused on academics," she said. "The team is really close and small. The coach is nice."

Reis plays volleyball all year and is on the Legacy travel team.

She currently holds a 3.9 grade point average in her first trimester. Her schedule is a mix of media, business and math classes.

"I always have math classes," she said. "It's one of my strong subjects. I am in AP Stats right now. It's my life - school and volleyball. "

Her advice to aspiring athletes is to work hard and keep a positive attitude.

"You can't be hard on yourself because it definitely won't help," she added.

Her parents are Kevin and Lynn.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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