After looking back into statistics from the last two decades, it isn’t difficult to see that Stacey Reilly, outside hitter for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, surpassed everyone’s stats and is the best spiker since the year of 2000.
Reilly was born on May 30, 1996 in Houston,Texas. She earned all-district and all-state honors at Houston's Concordia Lutheran High School and had 184 kills with a .300 hitting percentage in her career.
Coming into Louisiana volleyball as a freshman in 2014, Reilly was named to the all-tournament team in Sawyer Camillo Classic and started all 33 matches. She had a career-high 19 digs, along with 11 kills in a game (the most by a Ragin’ Cajun freshman in a single match since 2003). Reilly was also third on the team of the year with seven double-doubles on the season, and lastly had 14 matches with at least 10 kills and 15 matches with at least 10 digs.
During her sophomore season of 2015, Reilly was recovering from an offseason knee injury, so she unfortunately missed the first six matches of the season and was limited to back row duty for a few weeks. Even after the injury, however, Reilly excelled. She played in 23 matches (started 17) and 80 sets, finished the season with 92 kills, averaged 1.33 points, 1.15 kills and 2.74 digs per set, was second in digs behind libero with 219 digs, had 14 matches of double-digit digs, and posted two double-doubles.
Reilly’s stats as a junior in 2016 are what solidified her spot as the best spiker since 2000. Not only was she a solid hitter, she totalled 347 digs on the season as well. She appeared in all 31 matches, became the first Ragin’ Cajuns player to average above 3.00 kills per set since 2007, and tallied a 300-300 season with 387 kills (the most kills produced since before the year of 2000). Reilly also produced double digit kills in 23 of 31 matches while leading the team with averages of 3.23 kills per set and 3.65 points per set.
During Reilly’s senior year, she was one of three players, joining Jessica Bartczyszyn and Sydney Davis, to play in all 32 matches and 121 sets. She became the program’s career kills leader in the rally scoring era, finishing with 1,055 kills (one of only two players to reach the 1,000-kill mark in the rally era). Reilly also finished on the Top 5 rally scoring era list in career sets played (448), total attempts (3,587), digs (1,206) and points (1,208). During 2016, she recorded a second straight 300-300 season of kills and digs, while capturing her 1,000th career dig.
Overall, Reilly’s accolades from her four years competing on the Louisiana volleyball team didn’t go unnoticed. She’s been awarded several awards including the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner's List (2017), All-Louisiana Second Team (2017), Chicago State Invitational All-Tournament Team (2017), and Sawyer Camillo Memorial Classic All-Tournament Team (2017).