Alex Laboy is taking a powerful serve to the Mid-American Conference.
Avon High’s junior libero orally committed to play Division I volleyball at Bowling Green, using Twitter to announce her intentions Friday. She said she was also considering offers from Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame and Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Laboy said Bowling Green set itself apart after she visited the campus and saw the program first-hand.
“When I went there I liked their ethics of hard work and how the girls have fun with every little thing they do,” Laboy said. “I’m very grateful for my parents, who put a lot of time, effort and money into volleyball. That led me to where I am today.”
Her serve has been a powerful weapon for Avon and was a big reason the Eagles went 20-4 and advanced to the Division I district semifinals last year. Laboy was successful on 93.5 percent of 291 service attempts with 36 aces in 64 sets played. As a sophomore, she connected on 93 percent of 285 serves with 51 aces in 63 sets.
“Her serve is very difficult to pass because it moves very well,” Avon coach Julie Bendzuck said.
“It doesn’t have top spin on it, it floats, and she can serve really deep into the court. She’ll literally place the ball on the end line and a lot of teams will call ‘out.’ She also serves the sidelines very well and that’s hard for kids to pass because they have to get the hips around the ball. It has a low trajectory and is placed very well. It’s a huge part of her game.”
Laboy is not just a server though. Bendzuck said she’s also a strong returner and one of the team’s top defenders. She had 260 digs and 316 returns last season.
But the thing that separates her, according to Bendzuck, is her even-keeled demeanor on the court. She described Laboy as one of the most humble kids she’s ever coached, always bringing a calm presence that extends to the team in tight moments. Bendzuck said that mindset will be an asset for her at Bowling Green.
“I’m a leader on the court, so I have to pick up everyone else on the team,” Laboy said. “If I have a bad attitude then I’ll bring everyone else down. I try to stay positive and pick everyone else up so that we can play our best together.”
She hasn’t decided on a major yet, but intends to pursue something in health or science. Right now, with the decision of where she’ll attend college out of the way, she’s looking forward to putting all of her focus on leading her team to another strong year.
“It’s really exciting,” Laboy said. “This whole recruiting process has been really difficult. Now that it’s out of the way I’m looking forward to get back on the court and just get better.”
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