North graduate Colleen Reveley, bottom left, and her teammates enjoyed a memorable district tournament after beating arch rival Grosse Pointe South in the title match. File photo
August 28, 2014Grosse Pointe North 2014 graduate Colleen Reveley spent her entire high school athletic career competing on the Norsemen's varsity volleyball and an elite travel team, the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy.
She has played every position on the floor and thrived at each. However, the one she has turned into an art form is setting.
Several Division 2 and 3 colleges offered the 17-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods resident a spot on their women's volleyball teams, but she is making a 180-degree turn and declined the offers.
Instead, Reveley is giving back as a humanitarian and is going to be a freshman at Hope College and join its Youth Ministry program.
"I loved my time playing volleyball at a very high level, but in the end, I want to work with children and this is the perfect opportunity for me," Reveley said. "I will miss playing and who knows, maybe after a year away from the courts I might decide to go back and try out, but right now I'm set working with the Youth Ministry at Hope and maybe playing intramural sports if I get the chance."
Her family is her biggest supporter.
Her father, Rick, never missed a match, and her older sister, Breann, is entering her sophomore year at Oakland University where she plays on its women's volleyball team. Her younger brother, Ryan, is going to be a junior at North and also spent countless hours watching volleyball matches.
The sisters spent several years competing on the same team and last year was the first where they were apart.
It didn't stop the younger Reveley from setting a school record for volleyball assists with 3,580 in her career and 60 in a match.
She also had more than 120 aces her past two years on the varsity team under longtime head coach Kim Lockhart.
"It was different playing for North than my club team," Reveley said. "North, for me, was more laid back, while my club team was pressure. I didn't mind the pressure and I liked playing against tough competition.
"I enjoy volleyball and I should get a chance to see Bre play some matches this fall."
During her junior and senior year of high school, Reveley thought about playing volleyball at Loyola University, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo College, Miami University, Calvin College and even Oakland University.
Smaller colleges, Bethany College and Trinity College, contacted Reveley about playing volleyball, too, but all those choices were set aside when Hope College stood out on her list.
"I love the campus and I can't wait to start my college career," she said. "It's going to be an adjustment, of course, but I feel ready for my next chapter in life."
Her head coach at Michigan Elite, Todd Stamm, helped Reveley achieve the lofty status on the club level, and her high school achievements included earning the Coaches Award her sophomore year, being an athletic-scholar all four years, earning all-region and all-conference her junior and senior years, and being named team most valuable player her senior season.
She has been fortunate to be able to play the game without injuring herself.
Her sister, Bre, sustained a serious concussion in high school and missed a month due to headaches and other ailments.
Reveley began playing volleyball at the Neighborhood Club in fourth grade, but advanced to compete for her school, Our Lady Star of the Sea, in the fifth grade.
It was her experiences in the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) which helped her turn into the top-notch player she is.
The bond she has with her sister is something which will only strengthen now that both are college students. It's only a two-hour ride from Hope College to Oakland University, so don't be surprised to see a Reveley car heading in either direction on I-69 east or west. The drive is three hours.
"I'm ready to move on in my life and tackle college at Hope," Reveley said. "I'm kind of recreating myself. I had great memories at North, including beating South in the districts finals on my birthday my senior year, and spending a lot of time with my best friend, Caitlin (Gaitley).
"She isn't going to be far from me, either, so I'm going to be able to enjoy my time at Hope and stay close to my family and friends."
Reveley moved in Aug. 22.