Last Wednesday afternoon at Sealy High School, Lady Tiger senior outside hitter Brylie Nedd was joined by family, teammates and coaches in signing her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Blinn Junior College next year.
Nedd was a key cog in Sealy’s offensive machine that earned the first bi-district championship in three years and exorcised first-round demons that the Lady Tigers faced the previous two years.
In her three years at the varsity level for Sealy, Nedd compiled 1,065 kills, 728 digs, 111 aces, 87 assists and 75 digs and was voted team MVP her sophomore and junior season as well. She earned first-team all-district honors as a sophomore and was a second-team all-district honoree last year as a junior although this year’s all-district teams had yet to be released before Bellville played in the state semifinal earlier this week.
Nedd said continuing her volleyball career was a dream come true and with extra eligibility granted to many collegiate student-athletes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the junior college path made the most sense to possibly accrue more time on the court.
“Since I started playing volleyball this has always been the ultimate goal so for this day to actually be here feels great,” Nedd said after the ceremony. “It’s always been my ideal route but with everything that happened this year there’s a lot of extra eligibility for all of the teams so going the Blinn route was better so I could get more playing time.”
Nedd developed a relationship with Blinn head coach Terry Gamble through the Katy United club team she plays on and said that helped develop her game to the level it’s at to begin with.
“He knows me as a player really well so he’s had goals set for me over the last few years and has told me what he wants me to work on to get better so every day I try to focus on those things and improve as much as I can,” Nedd said.
Her high school head coach, Kim Boyd, said it won’t be easy to replace her based on how much she played at each spot in the rotation and the impact she left behind.
“She was a huge difference-maker right from the get-go, when she moved before her sophomore year, she was a six-rotational player for three years so that should say something about her overall talent. She was not just a threat on the front row, but she was our go-to on the back row on the attack,” Boyd said. “She continued to push herself, not just at school, but also through club to make sure that she was able to pursue her goal of playing at the next level.”
Nedd reflected on her three years under Boyd in the Lady Tiger program and said it exceeded her expectations when she arrived halfway through her freshman year.
“I didn’t know anything about Sealy, I didn’t know what it meant to be a Tiger and these past three years have been amazing,” Nedd said. “I’ve gotten to feel what a family is every single day and have amazing teammates who helped me and supported me and pushed me to be the best I can be so I’m beyond grateful for everything over the past three years and I’m sad to be leaving.”
Although her season ended in the second round of the playoffs, Nedd said she was pleased to go out as a bi-district champion having accomplished one of the goals set in the preseason.
“The last two years we got out in the first round so our goal was to get past this round, ‘Let’s do something we haven’t done,’” Nedd recounted. “We just faced a tough team second round; had a good fight, it was a tough loss, but we played good.”
Boyd agreed Nedd played a big role in extending the postseason and achieving the goal by also compiling the best district record since 2015 with a 9-1 mark.
“We didn't get to have the full season that we had scheduled to really prepare but most of our players knew what to expect. They were willing to share time on the court to say that everyone played in a playoff match,” Boyd said. “(Nedd) was one that I can tell her exactly what the game plan was and she would execute it. Especially in that second match, she was able to adjust her defense according to certain hitters and she was an all-around great player.”
The Sealy head coach said Nedd also serves as an example to her younger teammates and other younger athletes that a college career is within reach if the commitment is made to the craft.
“It helps show that with work – both during the season and outside of the season – you're able to accomplish a lot,” Boyd said. “Many of our players do play club or they take private lessons and you can see a big growth from those players from the previous season. It can pay off if you truly put the work in.”