Front row from the left, Alyssa Marquez, St. Pius X High School; Allie Lackner, St. Pius X High School; Kaylee Maxon, Monte Del Sol Charter School and Shelbi Chino, Cleveland High School. Back row from the left, Justine Litherland, Del Norte High School; Jessica Givens, St. Pius High School; Mackenzie Alexander, Los Alamos High School; Miranda Canez, Hope Christian High School and Camyrn Nelson, Sandia Prep High School. Not picture is Ellie Breeden, St. Michael’s High School. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School senior Mackenzie Alexander, who competes on the Albuquerque Rebels Volleyball Club’s 18 National Team (ARVC 18N1 Adidas), competed at the Colorado Crossroads tournament earlier this month in Denver.
There were 91 teams from around the country competing for a bid to the National tournament in Dallas in April. The ARVC 18N1 Adidas finished fifth in the gold bracket and missed a bid qualifier for Nationals by just one win.
This past weekend in Albuquerque, the Team not only won gold at the Sun Country Regional Volleyball Association (SURVA) Region 18’s Championships, they also earned a National bid to the USAV 18’s Girl’s Junior National Championships in Dallas.
Besides Alexander, who commutes from Los Alamos, the team is comprised of other student athletes from Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
This team has competed in tournaments in Phoenix, Midland, Texas, and Las Vegas, NV. Being on the team is a huge commitment for Alexander. For the past three years, she has traveled to Albuquerque for a two-hour team practice, three nights a week and on weekends.