Marlee Reynolds signs with CSU
By Rodney White
Marlee Reynolds gave her Dad one of the best birthday presents ever when she signed to play volleyball for the Colorado State Rams in a ceremony held at Dalhart High School. The signing took place in the high school auditorium on Thursday, November 12th. Marlee’s parents are Jim Bob, and Thedra Reynolds, her grandparents are Theo and LaRue Mayo and Jimmy Reynolds. Marlee also has a sister, Alexan, who is a sophomore at Texas A&M University. Alexan was also a good basketball player for the Lady Wolves.
Marlee has had a great athletic career at Dalhart High School. She is the outside hitter for the number four ranked team in the state, the Dalhart Lady Wolves, who have won the district championship two years in a row. She got her first varsity experience when she was called up to play for an injured Adrienne Coon when district play started during her freshmen season. Marlee became the middle blocker for the team and has been playing on the varsity ever since. Marlee made the all district 1st team her sophomore year. She was all district 1st team as a junior and received state wide recognition as an all state player her junior year. This year she is on the high school all American national watch list, and last year an all state selection for the Texas Girls Coaches Association. She is also a skilled basketball player, playing her freshmen and sophomore years. Marlee has qualified for the regional track meet three years in a row, receiving a third place finish at Regionals last year. Marlee also owns the Dalhart High School high jump record of 5’7”. Marlee has led the team in kills this year, she has 419 kills as of November 3rd, with three aces, 40 digs and one assist. She has a hitting percentage of .480, and her attack percentage is .617.
Marlee’s volleyball coach, Kira Satterfield, had this to say, “Marlee has steadily improved since I arrived here three years ago. Marlee accomplished that improvement with hard work, extra practice and a desire to get better. She has spent extra time and energy in the gym and the weight room, plus lots of other sacrifices to achieve her goal of playing college ball at the Division 1 level.”
“I have had the honor of coaching two other Division 1 players, but she is easily the most dominating hitter I have ever coached. Marlee obviously made my job easier, but more than that, it has been a privilege coaching her and watching her development as an athlete and young lady. Her easy-going leadership style will be greatly missed as well as her immense talent. Colorado State is getting a great volleyball player, but an even better young lady.”
Marlee was recruited by over 40 colleges including Cal, OU, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Illinois, TCU, Colorado, Baylor, and the University of New Mexico. She chose to go with a school that was no further than 600 miles, so she decided that Colorado State was a good fit for her. Marlee had several reasons for picking CSU. Marlee said, “The team is like a family.” They have a rich tradition. Last year, they ranked number 12 in the nation, and this year they are in the top 25. Marlee had good things to say about the coach and his staff. She noted one of the big reasons was that the town was real homey and had lots of ice cream shops. There is a Walrus Ice Cream Shop real close to the campus.
Congratulations Marlee! Your hometown community wishes you the best of luck with the rest of your career.