Freshman part of bright future for volleyball

By Gillian Davis
November 21, 2008

Achievement did not start at Cabrini for freshman volleyball player Alexis Doss.

Success has followed her from the fourth grade on.

Doss, freshman secondary education major, can be described as a devoted volleyball player with a true love for the sport.

Before coming to Cabrini, Doss had played on teams since elementary school, varsity teams at St. Elizabeth High School in Wilmington, Del., as well as travel teams during the off season.

“It’s my passion. I have heart in the game,” Doss said. “It’s a big thing for me. I play to play.”

Doss was introduced to the sport by her role model, greatest influence and No. 1 fan, her mother.

Her mother coached her since the fourth grade and became an assistant coach during her years in high school.

At Cabrini, Doss has recently been acknowledged as the Colonial States Athletic Association Rookie of the Year for her outside hitter position.

“I didn’t even know I got the award. I went to the athletic Web site randomly and saw my name flash with the award and I called my mom and asked ‘is this for real,” Doss said.

The 5’10” hitter got this award after years of commitment and playing.

Her high school coach Dana Delle Donne explained that she was a huge presence on the court as well as being excellent on the offense.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Alexis,” Delle Donne said. “I feel like she has made the transition into college and collegiate volleyball smoothly and it is all because she is a determined and dedicated athlete and person.”

This isn’t the first award Doss has won.

During her three years as a varsity starter in high school, she was named captain of the varsity team her senior year and was awarded second team All-Catholic honors at the end of her senior season.

She also played in the state-wide senior all-star game.

Her teammates at Cabrini even notice her skill on the court.

“Doss has been an asset to our team all season,” Traci Beltz, junior exercise science and health promotion major, said. “She might act like the typical freshman off the court but when she gets out there and plays, she steps up like she has been on the team for more than just this one season.”

For the next season, Doss wants to win the CSAC championship.

She is even excited about the future freshmen next year since the seniors are leaving the team.

Gillian Davis

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