Fall Sport Senior Spotlight: Alex King
#1 | ALEX KING | DS-L | LAKE MARY, FLA.
CADET SQUADRON 21
IN HER WORDS:
I am hoping to attend grad school and get my Masters’ degree, so I can continue on as a 15A in the Air Force (15A is the AFSC code for an Operations Research Analyst).
(During the pandemic), I have learned not to take small things for granted. I love going to concerts and am a very touchy person, so not being able to engage in either of those as much is frustrating. I’m excited to be able to give people hugs and see my favorite artists live hopefully soon!
JUNIOR YEAR | 2019: Played in 107 sets…served as libero for the first 28 matches, before missing the final two contests with injury…accumulated 433 digs – the program’s fourth-highest single-season total at the Division I level…became Air Force’s second DI player to average four digs per set in a season (4.05)…registered a career-high 31 digs against Wyoming…that tally is a new Cadet East Gym record…surpassed the 20-dig mark during seven additional contests…ranked second on the team with 23 service aces…collected a career-high three aces against Illinois State…matched that mark at home against San Jose State…also accounted for 87 assists and one kill (Illinois State) on the year…academic all-conference selection.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2018: Saw action in 85 sets…earned 18 starts on the year, including 17 as the libero…collected 265 digs on the season…averaged 3.12 digs-per-set, which is the ninth-best single-season average in Air Force’s Division I history…tallied a season-high 21 digs in back-to-back victories over Wake Forest and Maryland…collected double-digit dig totals in 12 additional matches…led the team in digs during 12 contests…also accounted for 53 assists, six service aces and one kill…collected a career-best eight assists at Boise State…tallied one ace in six different contests…academic all-conference selection.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2017: Played in 114 sets…served as the starting libero for 19 contests…registered 286 digs on the year…tallied a season-best 22 digs against Southern Utah…also reached the 20-dig plateau in the season finale at UNLV (20)…added a season-high two service aces in that match…recorded double-digit dig totals in 12 additional contests…also accounted 40 assists, five service aces and three kills…posted a season-high seven assists against Arkansas-Pine Bluff…registered first collegiate kill against Illinois…named to the all-tournament team of the Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic…academic all-conference selection.
HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Lake Mary High School…lettered in volleyball all four years…named second-team all-conference as a senior…two-year starter…member of the team that finished second at the 2013 state tournament…National AP Scholar…AP Scholar, with Distinction…graduated Summa Cum Laude…received the AP Capstone Diploma…competed at the club level for Top Select 18 Elite…coached by Amanda Phelps…qualified for the USAV Nationals three times during 18s year…finished third in the Beast of the Southeast National Qualifier.
PERSONAL: Full name is Alexandra Sarah King…goes by Alex…nickname is “Al”…daughter of Lawrence and Sandy King…has one younger brother…majoring in operations research…future plans includes becoming a pilot…hobbies include reading, yoga and meditation…loves animals…greatest moment in sports came from placing third at the USAV Nationals in 2016…has lived in four countries (South Africa, England, Brazil and the United States)…also speaks Portuguese and Spanish…member of Cadet Squadron 21.
HEAD COACH KEITH BARNETT: Alex is a stalwart passer, with amazing short serve abilities. She is the right kind of teammate, both on-and-off the court. A three-year starter throughout this building process, Alex has shown her commitment to the Air Force since signing in 2015.