(MSUB Athletics release)
BILLINGS – Head coach Casey Williams announced the addition of two members of the Montana State University Billings volleyball team 2018 class on Tuesday. The Yellowjackets will add Riley Moore and Skylar Reed for the upcoming season, adding depth and size to a young front line. Moore is a 6-foot-2-inch outside hitter from Loomis, Calif. while Reed, a 5-foot-11-inch outside hitter/right side, hails from Buckeye, Ariz.
Del Oro High School
6’2” | Outside Hitter
Intended Major: Environmental Science
A three sport athlete, Moore collected letters in volleyball, track and field and basketball at Del Oro High School in Loomis. Winning four letters as an outside hitter, the tall right-hander helped lead the Golden Eagles volleyball team to 73 wins during her prep career. She was a two-time letter winner as a center on the basketball team and competed in the throws during track and field.
“Riley had a lot of suiters out of high school,” Williams said of Moore. “She played for a high-level club team and is a great fit with our current team and culture. We are excited about the attitude and athletic ability that she will bring to the team.”
As a team captain her senior season, Moore collected 393 kills with a .305 hitting percentage. She finished her time with the Golden Eagles with 1,044 kills, 171 aces, 118 blocks and a .260 hitting percentage over four years. Moore was a two-time all-league selection at Del Oro High School.
“MSUB offers me a great education and the opportunity to continue playing the sport that I love,” Moore said about joining the Yellowjackets. “The environmental science program looks very strong and I am hoping to have the opportunity to study in Yellowstone. I am extremely excited to come up in the fall and be a part of MSUB.”
Youngker High School
5’11” | Right Side/Outside Hitter
Intended Major: Elementary Education
As a member of the Youngker High School Roughriders, Reed was able to play beach volleyball in addition to indoor volleyball. She won seven letters as a prep and finished her career being named the Arizona 4A Southwest Region Player of the Year. The Roughriders won their regional championship in 207-18 while Reed set a school record with 539 kills her senior season, breaking her own record from her junior season (514).
“Skylar will help us on both pins in the fall,” Williams said of the versatile athlete. “She is a dynamic hitter and she brings a high level of court awareness that will help our overall mentality next year. We are excited about the competitive attitude that she brings to the court and can’t wait to get her into the gym.”
Over four seasons, Reed totaled an impressive 1,345 kills, 761 digs and 132 aces while hitting .263. Reed was a team captain each of her final two years at Youngker and was a member of the National Honor Society.
“I chose Montana State University Billings because of the great culture and environment that the coaches and players have developed on and off the court,” Reed said of her commitment. “I look forward to being part of this amazing program. MSUB also offers and excellent elementary education program, which is important to me since I plan on becoming a teacher and coach. I am thankful to have the opportunity to continue to play the sport I love while furthering my education and experiencing Montana.”
The duo joins Eavan Taylor in the 2018 class. Taylor committed to the ‘Jackets in November during the early signing period. Reed joins Alexa Smythe as the second Arizonan on the ‘Jackets while Moore is the sole Californian on the teams’ roster.