Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
As the hits keep coming from Cass Tech High volleyball standout Aaliya Davidson, the letters from college recruiters keep coming to her home.
“I call her The Terminator,’’ Cass Tech coach Ed Tomlin says of Davidson, the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “When the ball goes to her, we expect the play to end (with a point) because she drops the hammer. She’s the most athletic volleyball player in the PSL right now and one of the best high school players in the country.”
Davidson, the Technicians’ 5-9 outside hitter, is just a sophomore but she’s already on the wish list of more than a dozen major college programs.
Last weekend at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Davidson was named Most Valuable Player of a tournament sponsored by the PSL and the Detroit Recreation Department after guiding Cass Tech to the team championship with a two-set, 25-21, 25-16 victory over league nemesis Renaissance High.
“It was a good match and I think both teams are going to be working hard this season to have an even better match at the end of the year,’’ Davidson said.
Powered by her long arms and legs, Davidson is a constant threat to score whether she’s hitting at the net or serving from the baseline.
“Hitting is definitely my biggest skill,’’ she said. “Being the outside hitter requires speed, lots of timing, being able to call out really loud when you want the ball, and it includes passing and serving. I’ve been playing volleyball since the seventh grade. I play AAU, I go to camps and I’m always practicing. I play all year around. I just really work hard at improving my game.”
Davidson’s role with the Technicians extends beyond her playing ability. “I’m a bit of a leader on the court,” she said. “I find myself cheering the girls on, especially when they’re doing great like they are most of the time. I’m a team player and I want to do good for my ladies. We’re all leaders, really. All I want is to win.”
Cass Tech unseated Renaissance as league champions last season when Davidson was a freshman.
“We’re a good team again this year,’’ she said. “We have a lot of talent, height, hard workers, loud talkers and great cheers. If we keep working hard, I think we can go even beyond what we did last year.”
An honor student with a 3.8 grade point average, Davidson said her favorite subjects are Science and World History. She has career ambitions to be a doctor in Sports Medicine.
Based on the number of colleges interested in her volleyball talents, she can pretty much choose where she’ll pursue her degree(s). Admittedly, she’s surprised that she’s attracted so much attention so early.
“As a 10th grader, it’s kind of overwhelming and fun at the same time to have college letters sent to your house,’’ she said. “I’ve narrowed my choices from the letters I’ve gotten. I’m looking at University of Michigan, Penn State, Northwestern, Stanford and some other schools. But I’ve still got time.”
On being named the Proud Strong Learner of the Week, Davidson said “I feel honored and humbled.
“I really appreciate being given this honor as a 10th grader. I’m going to keep growing and hopefully win some more awards.”’