METHUEN — Not sure if she could flourish in a large public school, Lindsay Reid decided to attend Presentation of Mary Academy.
And flourish she did.
The 16-year-old senior from Haverhill has not only thrived in the classroom, where she ranks fourth in her class, but also on the volleyball court.
The 6-foot co-captain averages 4.2 kills per game to go along with an average of 2 blocks per game and a 90 percent success rate on her serves.
“She’s a big presence at the net,” said coach Len Eddy. “When she’s there, she dominates the whole league.”
Reid realizes how big her kills and blocks are for Panthers.
“I’m the tallest person on the team, so when the other team is hitting, it’s my job to block those,” Reid said. “(The team) depends on me to get a good kill if they need it.”
Reid loves the fact she was selected a co-captain.
“I think it’s an honor. I know I have to work harder and give 110 percent,” Reid said. “And it’s my pleasure to do that, give 100 percent. I want people to look up at me.”
The Panthers, who recently concluded their Commonwealth Athletic Conference season, posted a 17-3 record to earn the top seed in the MIAA Division 3 North Tournament.
PMA faced the winner of the Lynnfield-Shawsheen match.
Regardless of what happens in the tournament, Reid and her teammates were thrilled to knock off arch rival Greater Lawrence, 3-2, on Oct. 27, which dashed the Reggies (19-1) bid for a perfect season.
“It’s so exciting. It’s probably the best feeling all year, except states of course,” Reid said after the match. “It’s so essential to win these games and keep our momentum.”
Reid explained before the game that Greater Lawrence is PMA’s biggest rival in the CAC.
“It always seems to be back and forth with them,” Reid said. “My sophomore year we beat them both times we played them. Last year we ruined their undefeated record by beating them in the last game.”
In this year’s match, the Panthers lost the first game, won the next two but then lost the fourth game before overwhelming the Reggies, 15-7, in the final game to earn the 3-2 win.
Reid was outstanding with 8 kills overall, 4 blocks and 3 aces on 21 serves.
“Wow, I didn’t know I did that,” Reid said. “That’s nice to hear that I did so well.”
After defeating Greater Lawrence, the Panthers lost 3-1 to Greater Lowell, which also ended PMA’s chance to be league co-champion with Greater Lawrence.
Eddy said he nominated Reid for the CAC League MVP.
“She is a superior athlete,” Eddy said. “She’s smart and leads by example.”
Beyond the court and the classroom, Reid also has volunteered at Lazarus House for the past four years and is a camp counselor at the MSPCA Camp during the summer.
“I’m really enthusiastic about everything I do,” Reid said. “I don’t do things because I have to; I do it because I want to and I really care about people.”
With aspirations of a career in government, Reid can’t wait to be able to vote. “Part of democracy is that people have to vote,” Reid said. “I can not wait to vote. I’m so mad I’m missing the presidential election by one month. That’s a killer.”
Reid’s top choices for college are Colgate University and Gettysburg College, where she plans on majoring in political science or history.