Keith girls volleyball's pipeline to the collegiate ranks continues to flow with Reilley Wehrstein becoming the latest to continue her career after high school. It was an emotional experience for a Lady Cougar who has had to battle back from a devastating injury.
"This is amazing. I never dreamed of something like this happening but now it's a dream come true."
When it was Wehrstein's turn to speak at Keith's signing ceremony, she was overcome with rare emotion.
"I don't usually cry. So when I picked up the mic, I don't know what happened, I really just kind of fell apart," Wehrstein said. "Seeing everyone here that supports me, and everyone looking at you, and knowing I couldn't be here without them, really hit me."
Reilley had to sit out her entire senior season after she tore her meniscus, starting a grueling journey back to full strength.
"People only think about the physical aspects of being injured, but it's a mental and emotional thing because I couldn't get off the couch for a week and a half to two weeks without my mom helping me."
Her rehabilitation will continue before she goes to George Washington Unviersity, but she fondly looks back at a historic high school run of success at Keith.
"It was amazing and I'll always take pride in the fact we won state my freshman, sophomore, and junior years. We had amazing teams every year. We lost people every year but we still came back, worked hard in the gym, and showed everybody what we had in us."
Wehrstein will study international affairs at G.W.