Surrounded by friends, family, teachers and the Griffin athletics staff, senior Bree Kelly signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Lander University Monday.
Bree joined the Spartanburg Day School Upper School just last year, but quickly established herself as a strong student-athlete. As a member of the track team, she placed fifth in the state in the high jump and claimed the region championship. During the 2017 volleyball season, Bree led the team in kills and digs at state championship play, was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Hillcrest Invitational and was a member of the SCISA All-Region team.
"This sport is my passion, and I couldn't be more excited to become a better athlete at the collegiate level," Bree said. "I am so thankful for my family, friends and all of the coaches who have helped me get to where I am today. I spent nine years in Pensacola, Fla. learning to love the game of volleyball, but I couldn't think of a better team to finish out my senior year with than our SDS team! I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the Lander University volleyball team! Go, bearcats!"
Bree's parents, Brendan and Tressa Kelly, were at the signing table with her, and she was also joined by Varsity Volleyball Coach Patrick Nicholas, Sports Information Director Nick Buxton and Athletic Director Rita Harrell.
"Bree Kelly was a major player on the volleyball team this year," Harrell said. "With the graduation of one of our top players last year, we were really lacking a big hitter and blocker. Bree came in and filled that void nicely. Bree's team spirit and work ethic will take her far at Lander, and we are so proud of all that she has accomplished as a Griffin."