Beach volleyball star commits Division 1


Kendra Drew

Riley knuckles the ball over the opponent’s hand securing a point at a tournament in Clearwater, Florida, on July 12, 2021.

Barrett Scharfe , Staff Writer

Senior Riley Drew recently announced her commitment to play beach volleyball at Missouri State University, a division 1 school. 

“Riley is all around good at everything; she’s good at passing, setting, and hitting. Those are really good skills to have because not many people have this all around skills like she does. She is a really dependable captain;  she’s one of the leaders, and she always stays positive during our games. She’s extremely liked by all her teammates,” said sophomore Olivia Box. 

Riley is an outside hitter for her team. Outside hitters normally excel only in the hitting skills; however, according to Olivia, she excels in all skills for every position.

“I’ve won around 30 tournaments, but to name a few, I got second at the USAV Virginia Beach Nationals, and recently I’ve won the U18 Neptune Festival and ECSC for three years in a row,” said Riley. 

As of this year, Riley has been ranked first in Girls U16 by Association of Volleyball Professionals(AVP) America. (AVP rankings are calculated by an athlete’s best four results amongst all AVP platforms; AVP America, AVP Grass, AVP Next and AVP Pro Tour) These tournaments include athletes from all over the country. 

“Riley is super kind and supportive. She comes to our cross country meets and track races to cheer us on. Riley is a great friend and always makes me laugh and cheers everyone up around her,” said senior Elise Richardson.