Alexis Anderson (sophomore, marketing) has been one of the top players on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball team this season, and she’s been involved with the sport for less than 10 years.
“It started in seventh grade,” Anderson said. “The school coach saw me playing dodgeball and he said, ‘You’re a big, strong girl, and you should try it out.’”
Anderson has been playing volleyball competitively since then.
She attributes her success on the court to her strong work ethic and countless hours of practice.
“During this past offseason, I got more reps than I ever had before,” Anderson said.
A Cleveland, Ohio, native, she participated in open gyms twice a week throughout the summer with her fellow collegiate volleyball players in northeastern Ohio.
“Obviously, she’s very important to the success of our team,” IUP head coach Scott Pennewill said.
“We saw throughout the first half of the season a very dynamic, powerful player.”
Anderson chose to attend IUP after partaking in a combine at California University of Pennsylvania.
“I came [to IUP] for my visit,” she said. “The girls were so welcoming and easy to get along with. The school was perfect. I love the population and environment that I’m in.”
Anderson had to adjust to a new coach quickly, too. Pennewill is in his first year at IUP in place of Aline Scott, who left IUP folllowing the 2014 season to pursue a head coaching position at Hiram College.
“We lucked out,” Anderson said. “We have a great coach in front of us who is getting the job done. I’m OK with change, and you need to be OK with things like that to succeed as a collegiate athlete.”