Alexa Walby, a senior setter for the Dickinson Trinity volleyball team, aided the Titans, who were ranked No. 1 in the region, to their second consecutive Region 7 Tournament title after defeating No. 3 Bowman County 3-0 on Thursday, Nov. 8, from the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Walby amassed 28 assists, seven digs, four aces, two blocks and two kills during the championship match; after the contest, she was selected NDHSCA POWERade Region 7 Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year. Through three tournament contests, Walby collected 93 assists, 19 digs, seven aces, five kills and a pair of blocks.
DP: What did it mean to you to be named Region 7 Senior Athlete of the Year?
AW: "Being named Region 7 Senior Athlete of the Year meant a lot to me. It really kind of showed all the hard work I've put in over the years paying off. And it was a big deal for my team too because I can't be where I am without them, so I think it was a big deal for all of us."
DP: In your words, what does it take to be a good setter?
AW: "To be a good setter, it takes someone that's cool under pressure. And someone that is mentally focused because you really, you control a lot of what's happening on the court, so have to be mentally with it the whole time."
DP: Would you like to play volleyball at the next level?
AW: "I would like to play volleyball. I actually signed to play for Valley City State University, so next year I will be playing volleyball at the college level."
DP: Who is your biggest sports influence?
AW: "My biggest sports influence would probably be both of my parents I guess, because they've set me up to watch sports my whole entire life. And because of my parents, I like coaches like Pat Summitt; she's a basketball coach, I think she's pretty inspiring."
DP: What is the best TV show or movie that you've watched recently?
AW: "The best TV show that I've watched recently would have to be ... it's between two: it's either Riverdale or Criminal Minds. Riverdale is recent, Criminal Minds I'm watching on Netflix, but I loved them both."
DP: Who is your funniest teammate?
AW: "Well, we are all pretty funny. Masy Kuntz and I laugh a lot. We warm up together and we both find each other very funny, so it's a good friendship in that sense that we laugh a lot."
DP: If you could lose two of your senses, what would they be?
AW: "Well, smelling, cause that's not as important. But the rest of them are pretty important. Maybe hearing, but I like music. It's a tough one, I don't know, I think I wouldn't want to lose any of them."
DP: Instagram or Snapchat
DP: Cheese or Pepperoni?
DP: Coke or Pepsi?
AW: "I don't really drink pop, so I'd say neither."
DP: Country music or hip hop?
AW: "Country music."
DP: What is your first sports memory?
AW: "I guess it'd have to be with volleyball. I remember playing volleyball wherever my mom would ref, so she'd go somewhere and I would tag alone. And if they left the volleyballs out a little too long, I'd get a hold of one and I'd go out in a hallway and just play volleyball against a wall."
DP: What most stands out about your time with the Dickinson Trinity volleyball team?
AW: "I think just all the memories that we've made together over the years. Winning two region championships, that's a pretty big deal, but the things that we do outside of regionals, like making bracelets wherever we go and line dancing wherever we go. The friendships that we've made I think those will be the biggest part of the Trinity Titans for me."