Gering’s Spreier signs with WNCC for volleyball
     2015-01-22      By Mark Rein   
Photo by Kay Grote/Gering Citizen - Gering athlete Kaylee Spreier, together with her parents Scott and Deana Spreier, are all smiles on Friday after the senior inked her intention to play volleyball for the WNCC Cougars next year. Spreier has been a standout in multiple sports and joins a long line of Gering players to continue with volleyball at WNCC.  
Gering’s Kaylee Spreier had a difficult decision to make as far as her college decision: whether to play volleyball or basketball.

On Christmas Eve, Spreier made that decision, giving Western Nebraska Community College volleyball coach Binny Canales a nice Christmas present.
Spreier made the decision final on Friday, signing her letter of intent in front of family and friends at Gering High School. In turn, Spreier becomes another in the line of Gering high players who have played for the Cougars and gone on to four-year institutions. That list includes her mother, Deana, along with former Bulldog players Stacie Meisner, Brooke Blomenkamp, and Whitney Roth. Spreier becomes the 26th Gering player to play for the Cougars since 1980, the most of any schools.

It wasn’t an easy decision for Spreier, who was also looking at playing basketball at Concordia or volleyball at University of Nebraska Kearney. In the end, she wanted to stay closer to home.

“They have a great program and I wanted to stay local so I could watch my sister in school a little bit,” she said. “I was weighing [what to do] back and forth. I didn’t know what I wanted. I just kind of decided at the spur of the moment.”
Canales said that he sees plenty of talent in Spreier, the Bulldog’s 5-foot-11 middle hitter that helped the Bulldogs to the Class B sub-state tournament the past two seasons while earning all-conference honors.

“I saw a lot of potential and a lot of aggressiveness. She hits the ball hard and I see big things in store for her,” the second year Cougar coach said. “She has a nice top spin jump serve. She hits the ball hard, can attack, and her passing was solid. She‘s an excellent player now and I think she is scratching the service because we are going to be switching her position from the middle to the outside and increasing the talents that she has. where she can pass a lot more as well as attacking high balls and faster balls on the outside.”

Spreier’s senior season was outstanding, finishing with 391 kills, 50 aces, 89 blocks, and 322 digs. As a junior, Spreier had 176 kills, 24 aces, 87 blocks, and 188 digs. Spreier said her volleyball career went well at Gering.
“It has been pretty good, I guess,” she said. “I have had some great teammates that I have looked up to. I played with Santanna my sophomore year so that will be neat to play with her again.”

Gering coach Dave Lashley said Spreier has all the tools to succeed at the next level.

“Kaylee was a pretty skilled player,” Lashley said. “She passes the ball fairly well and serves well, but she is a big hitter and hits a lot of different hits. She can go from hitting a high set to a quick set within the next play, next rally. She also hits the ball hard and puts it away.”

Spreier will come to a WNCC team that went 29-9 last season and won its 16th straight regional title and national tournament appearance. She will also be one of four local players on the team next year. Santanna Mitchell and Katy Ernest of Leyton were members of the team this year and Canales signed Alliance middle hitter Kennedy Cyza in December.

“Santanna and Katy are great kids in the program,” he said. “We feel if the kids can help us, we want them. We want the best players to come and play for us and we don’t want them anyplace else. We are still recruiting kids in other areas as well, but if there is anybody locally we like, we are going to actively recruit. You can ask her, I bugged her a lot.”
That is true. Canales wanted Spreier.

“He called me during class and I had to ask my science teacher if I could answer it,” Spreier said.

Spreier also will see if she can perform better than what her mother did at WNCC. Her mother, Deana, played for the Cougars in 1990 and ranks third in season digs with 714, just behind Bianca Rivera and Rachal McCracken, while also tallying 427 kills and 80 aces in her one year at WNCC.

Will Spreier pass up her mother? She isn’t concerned with that part just yet.
“We will see if I can get there,” Spreier said.
Her mom, however, sees her daughter as a harder hitter than what she was.

“I have to admit that she definitely can hit harder than I ever could,” Deana said. “But I told her I can out pass her.”
Spreier, though, knows that she will have to work hard to earn playing time.
“They have some great players up there so I will have to work my way up like anything,” she said. “I will just say that you have to work hard to get what you want. You have to put in the effort everyday to get there.”
Canales sees both Spreier and Cyza both getting a chance to see plenty of playing time.

“I think we have two excellent players and If they would have been in Texas, other schools would have seen them and I wouldn’t have had a chance to get them,” he said. “I think they both will be trying to knock down that door for playing time. Playing time is available. We are losing a lot of hitters. That is something they have to earn, but they have all the tools to earn that playing time.”



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