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July 25, 2013
Grosse Pointe North 2013 graduate Breann Reveley was one of the most dominating hitters to every don a Norsemen jersey.

The 18-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods resident finished her high school career with a school-record 1,722 kills and 400 aces, plus a single-season school record 238 aces.

"I had the time of my life playing volleyball for coach Kim (Lockhart) at Grosse Pointe North," Reveley said. "I enjoyed my teammates and coaches, and the competition at North. It's something I will always remember."

Reveley had the luxury of playing in the Macomb Area Conference's best division, Red, alongside perennial state powers Marysville, Fraser and recently Macomb Dakota.

She helped the Norsemen win three district championships in a row until that ended her senior year when North lost in five games to city rival Grosse Pointe South in a district title match at Eastpointe East Detroit.

Reveley's totals could have been higher, but she missed five weeks her junior year after suffering a concussion in the Norsemen's first match against South.

She returned for the state playoffs.

"It was a weird injury because I didn't notice I had a concussion until after the match when I had an intense headache," Reveley said. "It took a while to get back to normal and it was tough sitting on the sidelines watching my teammates play. I was happy to get back to action, and we looked good for the most part, but let a lead slip away against South in that district title match.

"It was a tough way to end my high school career, but I enjoyed every minute of it and now it's time for college."

Dozens of colleges recruited Reveley, including Oakland, West Florida, George Washington, Maryland and Eastern Michigan.

After months of mulling over every angle of each college, she chose to stay close to home and play for head coach Rob Beam at Oakland University.

The Oakland volleyball team and Beam recently announced that Reveley and Brooke Wadsworth have signed to play with the Golden Grizzlies starting in the fall of 2013.

"Breann is a wonderful addition to our program and Brooke is a tremendous blocker and will make a huge impact for us in the front row," said Beam.

Reveley, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, is a two-time All-State selection, a member of the National Honor Society and won the Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award at her high school.

"As a player Breann will bring added depth to our outside hitting group," said Beam. "Her attacking and blocking ability will certainly make an impact right away for us. She is also a wonderful young woman. She is enthusiastic, positive, and one of the most genuine and authentic teammates that we have recruited to Oakland in my seven years here."

Reveley and Wadsworth join a recruiting class that was ranked in the top 55 in the country by PrepVolleyball.com.

The class includes Alli Gutschow, Jessica Dood and Sammy Condon as Gutschow was named to the PrepVolleyball.com "Dandy Lion" second team making her one of the top 24 defensive players in the country who played outside hitter in high school.

She was also a member of the state champion 4x100m relay team that broke the state record, while Dood was named the Female Student-Athlete of the Year at Grandville High School. Condon was a member of the Sports Performance 18 Elite team that won a national championship in the 18 Open Division this summer.

"I want to earn playing time as a freshman, and I know it's going to take a lot of hard work this summer to make that happen," Reveley said. "It's an opportunity I want.

"I love the coaching staff at Oakland and the facilities, plus it's a great school I will earn a degree from. I like it is close to home and my family can come watch me play."

She leaves Aug. 9 for Oakland and she will live on campus with other student-athletes.

"It's going to be a little emotional for all of us, but at least I will be close to my family and friends throughout my college career, which is important to me," Reveley said.

Reveley had an immediate impact on the court. Her booming spikes put fear into the opposition and her effort was always top-notch, no matter who the competition was.

She began playing volleyball in the third grade at the Neighborhood Club and in the fourth grade played CYO volleyball for Margaret Spindler at Our Lady Star of the Sea, where she attended grade school.

"Ms. Spindler was an awesome coach," Reveley said. "She really brought out the best in me and helped me improve my volleyball skills during my time in CYO. She played a big part in my advancement in this sport I love."

Reveley also played a little basketball and track and field during her time at Grosse Pointe North, but chose to focus solely on volleyball her final two years.

"I loved playing basketball for coach (Gary) Bennett and volleyball for coach Lockhart during my four years at North," Reveley said. "It's a time I will never forget."

She played travel volleyball for one of the state's best programs, Michigan Elite.

She began coaching some of the younger players in the program, including incoming talented Grosse Pointe South freshman Lexi Kohut.

Reveley begins her collegiate career when the Golden Grizzlies take to the court the final week in August.

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