Sealy senior outside hitter Brylie Nedd gathered another postseason honor and was recently named to the all-state team for Class 4A by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. In addition, five more Lady Tigers landed on the academic all-state list awarded by the TGCA.
Nedd eclipsed 1,000 career kills in the last of her three years at the varsity level where Sealy finished as co-district champions and secured its first bi-district title since 2017. For head volleyball coach Kim Boyd, Nedd is the first athlete to earn all-state honors in her four years at the helm of the Lady Tigers’ program, she said in a Dec. 31 interview.
“She put in the time and effort, not just at school but also to be recognized for her skill,” Boyd said of the district’s offensive MVP. “She also is involved in FFA, she’s tops in her class and she was one of our top volleyball players. She was involved in some of the other activities that continue to do so well like getting recognition for the ag team; she had a great last year, for sure.”
Also closing their Sealy volleyball careers on a high note were the other five members of the Class of 2021 who earned academic all-state honors from the TGCA in addition to their recognition from the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Ally Dickens, Alyssa Foertsch, Avery Oliver, Brooke Kram and Darby Sanders all earned academic all-state distinction for their work in the classroom on top of on the court. Dickens also landed on the first-team all-district, Foertsch and Kram each earned second-team all-district honors and Oliver was an all-district honorable mention.
“It’s great they’re getting the recognition to end their volleyball time at Sealy High School,” Boyd said. “They are involved in multiple things not just volleyball so it’s a huge honor to be able to get recognized. I’ve had kids in the past that, even though they had the requirements to be considered for it, they didn’t always make it so for five out of six seniors to make this list is pretty big.”
Heading into the season with plenty of uncertainty after fall sports were the first to resume amidst the coronavirus pandemic, to end with the seniors being recognized for their effort was the icing on the cake for Boyd, who was also named the co-coach of the year in the district.
“It was exciting, the build-up was different than any other year but it was the year we looked forward to the most and they went out with a bang,” the head coach concluded.