The Shadow Creek Sharks football team has been the talk of the town, going undefeated and making a run in the playoffs.
But the volleyball squad also made school history, reaching the second-round of the postseason and finishing third in district.
One of the most important cornerstones to the Sharks’ success was the arrival of junior Alexis Williams, who transferred from Stafford High School where she was a two-time, first-team, all-district selection.
She made a big impression on District 24-5A as a junior, earning the Newcomer of the Year award with 364 kills, 441 assists, 317 digs and 52 aces.
“Her versatility was key for us,” Shadow Creek coach Whitney Daniel said. “She came in as an outside hitter, but stepped up for our team to set three rotations throughout the season. It is refreshing to be able to put her in any position and her be able to execute without any hesitation.”
VYPE caught up with the versatile volleyballer after the season. What will she do for an encore?
VYPE: How was this season, transferring from a smaller school to a program in an elite district with great competition?
WILLIAMS: “Well, this season was kind of interesting for me because I was the new kid on the block. My family moved and I was going to have to go to a new school and make new friends. I was a bit nervous. I just wanted to come in and earn a spot on the court and prove myself to my coach and teammates. I am from a smaller school, so getting to play against big school rivals with the gyms filled was exciting to me. Leading the team in almost every category this season was a great accomplishment for me.”
VYPE: What’s the future of Shadow Creek volleyball?
WILLIAMS: “I love Shadow Creek, it’s great! I love being a part of the successful program. The coaches and players truly have a love for the game and have a desire to want to win. I’m very competitive, so I feel like I fit right in. This was my first time in the playoffs since I’ve been in high school, so it was really special for me. We are ready to make history at Shadow Creek.
“This year motivated me even more for next season. Our team will have six seniors and some very talented underclassmen, who definitely have the experience and skill to win some big games. My team goal is for us to become district champs and go deep in the playoffs. My personal goal is to give 100-percent to my team and be a contender for the District MVP.”
VYPE: Who has been your biggest role model in the sport?
WILLIAMS: “I come from a family of athletes, but the two who started my love for volleyball was my grandmother and mother. My grandmother has been coaching volleyball for about 35 years at the middle and high school level (Fort Bend Austin). At about 8-years-old, she started working with my sister and I teaching us the game and various positions on the court. My mother was a competitive athlete growing up. She has kept us motivated to continue to develop our skills.”
This article appears in the 2018 December Issue of VYPE Magazine. Pick up your copy at any one of our locations next week!