Bree Zellers is a model of perseverance. The Holliday senior overcame an ACL tear in her sophomore year before being sidelined with a torn meniscus her junior season.
Despite the injuries, Zellers lifted the Lady Eagles to new heights in 2020. Holliday made its deepest postseason run since 2012, advancing to the Class 3A Region I Regional Finals before bowing out to eventual state champion Bushland. The Lady Eagles closed the season with a 24-5 record and a district title, largely in part to Zellers’ 261 kills, 42 aces, 25 blocks and 527 digs.
“Bree has been the best six rotation player I have had the pleasure of coaching,” Holliday head coach Wendy Parker said. “She is the true epitome of a captain as she leads by example. Her work is as good as anyone, and she has a way of pushing her teammates in a way that they too excel. Her legacy grew so much this year as her game advanced. Bree will be impossible to replace, but I know she also gave all of us the opportunity to grow with her. I cannot wait to see her play at the next level.
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, surrounded by coaches, teammates and family, Zellers signed to play at the collegiate level with Cisco College.
“It’s what all of us dream of ever since we were little, playing at the next level,” Zellers beamed. “I’m finally getting to do it and I’m so excited.”
The District 7-3A MVP chose the Wranglers due to the family community within the volleyball program.
“When I went on my visit, I was blown away with how family-oriented the team was. I can’t wait to become a part of the family.”
CC head coach Jon Stenman admits Zellers was not on his radar as a prospect when the season began, but that quickly changed in the Lady Eagles’ first match against Brock.
“I actually was at a game watching another player in their first game of the season against Brock, and I found myself looking at the other court more and more. Seeing this outside hitter that has this aggressive, powerful arm that was able to play all six rotations. You could tell she was the leader of the team. That was the biggest aspect. They ended up losing that match, but from the way she performed, you wouldn’t have known. From that point on, I knew I had to look a little bit more into this young lady.”
After the match against Brock, Stenman turned his sights toward the Holliday senior.
“The more I watched her, the more I saw her grow as an outside hitter and as a leader as well. You could see her fighting and encouraging her teammates. I think she has a real opportunity to be a really special player for us as she continues to grow as an athlete and as a person for the next two years.”
The Wranglers are fortunate to have a HERO spirit in their program.