Spotlight: Alexa Johnson
The Tyler Star News Spotlight Athlete of the Week for August 29, 2018 is the Silver Knights’ senior volleyball player Alexa Johnson.
Johnson has been playing volleyball at least since she was in middle school. Each year she seems to get better and taller. Standing about six feet tall, Johnson has become a force around the net for Coach Summers and the Lady Knights team. Her skill as a shot blocker is as good as any around, and she now seems to pride herself on her hard kills – most of which the opposition want nothing to do with.
Last season she led the Knights in kills, and this season she will be counted on to lead in other categories as well.
“When I saw her play in middle school, I didn’t know if Alexa would ever play varsity. She has come a long way, and now there are few better than she is. If she stays healthy she has a good chance to join an elite group of Knights with 1000 career kills. We need for her to be a leader this year, and in addition to scoring, we need her to be a stopper at the net,” said Coach Richard Summers.
Johnson has become a more mature and knowledgeable volleyball player. She has worked hard on her game in the off-season while also taking the time to enjoy her summer. She is a team player who gets excited, not only when she does well but when the team wins. She also enjoys working with the other girls, including the younger ones.
“I am looking forward to volleyball season. Every year I’ve been playing we’ve made it to Charleston, and that will be one of my goals this year. I also want us to win our conference, the LKC. My personal goal is to be a dominant player and help the team in any way I can,” said Johnson.
Johnson has also lettered three years for the Knights and will be working on her fourth. She is starting to really step up her play, and this could be a break-out season for her. Last year she played basketball for the Silver Knights which Coach Summers feels really helped her physically and reflexes.
Johnson started playing volleyball in the seventh grade and has been a part of the Knights’ program ever since. She attended the Marshall University Camp when she was in sixth grade and has helped in camps during the off-season. She’s been a member of club volleyball teams on two different occasions, and her awards as a high school player are impressive. Last season she was named to the Little Kanawha Conference first team, was captain of the All-State second team and was named American Volleyball Coaches Association, West Virginia Player of the Week.
She says she’s played basketball as long as she can remember, from little league, through middle school and high school.
“I’ve been working hard in pre-season, and each day I can see improvement. We play a tough schedule, and I hope that the extra work will help us get to the level we need to be at for our sectional and take us back to Charleston,” said Johnson.
“We know we have a lot of work to do to meet our goals, but as a team we feel good about the upcoming season and the hard work we’ve put into getting to this point.”
Johnson is not just a great volleyball player; she is also a scholar. Her achievements in the classroom cannot go unnoticed. She carries a GPA of 3.8 and is a member of the National Art Honor Society, TSA, and Spanish Club at TCHS. She has also applied for the National Honor Society for this school year. Upon graduation from Tyler Consolidated, Alexa plans on attending college and majoring in Accounting.
At the sports department at the Tyler Star News, we have watched Johnson play volleyball four the past three years. She is exciting to watch and keeps you on your feet with her hard hitting. The Silver Knights open the season this Saturday at Oak Glen, and will be at home Sept. 4, versus Williamstown. The Knights are loaded with seniors. Come out and watch them if you get the chance. Alexa and crew will not disappoint you. Watching her work around the net is worth the price of admission alone.