- Middle Blocker
Alex Kelly has a 3.86 GPA in marketing. She is the type of student that puts forth the extra effort to get to know the professors and get a better understanding of their teaching styles and big-picture objectives for the semester. She is also the type of student that continues to push herself to better herself in the classroom. Kelly can be seen constantly working ahead to allow herself plenty of time for revisions and corrections. The energy with which she approaches her academics is refreshing to see as one never needs to check up on her to see if she is completing her work. A true go-getter, Kelly has grown to understand that while she might be great in a particular subject, effort and determination can make up for a lot.
As a fierce competitor Kelly has grown a lot over the past three years. Her freshmen and sophomore years were filled with adapting to a demanding load and the dynamics of collegiate athletics. Leadership is an area that she has and continues to put a great deal of effort into as she has come to realize that just playing well is half the battle. There is never a question as who will work the hardest in practice or games as Kelly always puts it on the lines. Over her time here at Lipscomb, she has become a well liked individual throughout campus. As one of the leaders and captains, Kelly continues to broaden her horizons when it comes to getting to know people throughout campus. At the end of the day she is someone who can be counted on to carry a large load in whatever she chooses to pursue. After winning the Atlantic Sun championship and accepting her medal for being named to the All-Tournament first team, Kelly pulled one of her teammates to the side and presented her medal to her and explained “you deserve this more than I do and without you we would have never won this championship.”
Whether it be mission trips to southern Kentucky to help storm-ravaged towns or her work with the team in hosting an under privileged children’s group called Youth Encouragement Services to her most recent outreach this past spring as she coached for a local volleyball club in her first stint on the other side of the clipboard, Kelly is service-oriented. This summer, she travelled to California to be an intern with The Volleyball Network. Being a long way from home and not knowing many people, she was responsible for adding new content to the company’s website and weekly radio broadcast.
Kelly’s stats speak for her heart and determination. Not many middle blockers at the NCAA Division I level are a more complete player than Kelly. A six-rotation player for the past two seasons, it is no wonder why she is the two-time and reigning Atlantic Sun Player of the Year. One of the stats that stands out the most from this past season is her defensive digs. While only playing three rotations in the back row, Kelly was second on the team in digs and almost equaled the starting libero’s dig totals. Kelly has been an integral force and one of the main reasons this program has seen such a storied climb up the rankings over the past three seasons.