Brianna Kelly Taking It To The Next Level

posted Jul 29, 2015, 1:08 PM by Bellaire Volleyball   [ updated May 13, 2016, 2:35 PM ]
Brianna Kelly will be playing volleyball at the next level for Hendrix College.  Last year, Brianna earned 1st team District 20-6A recognition in leading the Bellaire Cardinals on a undefeated 2014 district campaign as a team captain.  She has played volleyball on school teams for 7 years, the last two in Bellaire's varsity starting rotation.  Over the last couple of seasons, Brianna played for Houston's Skyline Volleyball Club where she was voted MVP.  This past June, she competed on Skyline's top U18 team at USAV Nationals Championships in New Orleans.  Brianna is also a competitive sand volleyball player having qualified for the 2014 USAV National Sand Championships.

When asked why she chose Hendrix College, Kelly said; "I decided on Hendrix because it will allow me the opportunity to continue to play volleyball in college within a competitive program. Hendrix College academics are well known where they offer a very strong pre-med program which will help put me in a good position to have a great opportunity upon graduation."  The daughter of physicians, Brianna plans to study and purse a medical profession.  In reflecting on her time within the Bellaire Volleyball program, she said; "I enjoyed meeting all of the different kinds of people that come through the volleyball program at Bellaire and being able to compete with some of the best athletes in the area."

Brianna will join a very successful Warrior volleyball program at Hendrix playing the same position she competed in during high school; outside hitter. Last year, in Ryan Meek's fourth season as head coach, Hendrix College volleyball posted their best performance in program history with a program-best 31-6 overall record. The Warriors won its first Southern Athletic Association title and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament.  Hendrix knocked off Maryville (Tenn.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for its first ever win in the national event and pushed #6 Washington University to an epic five-set battle before bowing out.

Bellaire Volleyball's coach Ap Clark said; "We really enjoyed having Bri on the floor and could always count on her making a play in critical moments."  "We wish her all the best at Hendrix." 

Gook luck at the next level, Bri!