Katie Brierley, the junior libero on East Hampton High School’s girls volleyball team, left Sunday for Australia, where she is to play for the United States 16’s team this week, after which she’ll spend three days in Hawaii.
“I’d like to get myself out there as much as possible,” the East Hampton Sports Camp counselor said before she left. Brierley plays in the off-season with the Long Island Academy, which holds its practices in Lindenhurst. College coaches may also have taken note when she was picked as a New York State player of the week during the past season.
In order to make the trip to Australia’s Gold Coast she had to pay to play. In short order, she raised the requisite $4,300. “The people I asked really came through,” said Brierley, who, with her older sister Kirsten, a student at the University of Tampa, oversees junior volleyball clinics every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sportime multisport arena in Amagansett.
She would very much like to play Division 1 volleyball in college, she said in reply to a question.
As for the high school team’s chances this fall, Brierley, who also plays in the Gurney’s Inn coed beach volleyball league, said, “We’ll have a lot of juniors, and Raya [O’Neal, who recently played for the Long Island Academy in the national 18’s championships in Texas] will be a senior. John Glenn [a perennial Island and state power] won’t be in our league, though we may well see them in the playoffs. It will be a big challenge.”
Brierley’s father, Steve, in a separate conversation, said his daughter has been working out with Andy Reilly and Gordon Trotter at the Integrated Exercise Therapy fitness center in Bridgehampton.