Senior outside hitter Sarah Reaves is an undeniable force on the Arizona State volleyball court, bringing experience and extraordinary athletic ability to a youthful team that many expect to make a big impact in the NCAA tournament this year.
A highly decorated athlete, Reaves made the Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was named all-around Pac-10 Honorable Mention the past three years. As a junior, she led the team in kills for the third consecutive year with 459. This season, Reaves says she is looking forward to breaking a few more personal records and to the team surprising people on the hardwood.
Head coach Jason Watson recognizes the prominent role Reaves plays on the team. “She’s a wonderful teammate. She works hard and brings her work ethic with her daily. She gives so much of herself to our team. That’s not easy to do and it’s something we don’t take for granted.”
Reaves says the key to this season’s success lies in the squad’s mindset: “As a team we need to believe that we can beat those good teams out there.”
“I know that we ask a lot of her — not only in the gym, but as a potential leader on our team,” Watson said. “Clearly, her experience is what helps her and those around her prepare for the battles we’ll face this season. So, we’ll look for her to continue to provide for us the play and competitive drive as she’s done in past seasons.”
An Arizona native, Reaves attended Ironwood High School in Glendale, where as amulti-sport athlete she earned three varsity volleyball letters and lettered all four years in track and field. Reaves began playing volleyball at 14 and played competitively for Zia Athletic Club.
The kinesiology major says she chose ASU because she liked the idea of playing at a large university close to home. Reaves is happy with her decision, saying, “How ASU treats and works with student-athletes is amazing.”
When asked what girls with Division I volleyball aspirations can do to follow in her footsteps, Reaves says young players need to “believe that they can (do it) and don’t let anyone tell them differently.”