Athlete Showcase: Lexi Smith

Published 8:44 am Friday, October 30, 2015

Lexi Smith is a junior on the Niles volleyball team.


What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

LS: Making a varsity team as a freshman.

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

LS: I haven’t had any disappointments as an athlete.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

LS: The heroes in my life would probably be my parents. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

LS: I get the most nervous when are playing bigger or ranked teams.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

LS: An embarrassing moment would have to be going to roll the ball and the ball not going over the net.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

LS: I usually don’t work out alone, but when I do, I am usually focused and on task for the most part.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

LS: If I didn’t play volleyball, I would like to play softball.

Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?

LS: My biggest fan/fans would have to be my grandma and grandpa Purucker. They come to everything of mine and support me through anything that happens.

How would you give away $50,000?

LS: I would give $50,000 away to the homeless shelters because I would like to give them all the support I can to help.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

LS: I would like to coach Notre Dame. I think it would be so cool to coach at a university.

If I did not play sports, I would…?

LS: I did not play sports I would spend all of my time outdoors either hunting or fishing.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

LS: The most challenging thing for me would be hitting around the block.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

LS: I would change the going under the net rule.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

LS: The best compliment I have received would be that I can play volleyball in college. I have doubted myself in being able to play for a college, but when people say I can do it, it makes me work harder to achieve that goal.

What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?

LS: The scariest thing I have ever had to do was put my hand down a garbage disposal when I dropped something down it. I have always been afraid it will turn on. I am not glad I did it. I don’t think it was worth it.

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

LS: The last thing that impressed me was a kid paid for the lady that was behind him in line. That impressed me because teenagers usually wouldn’t do that.

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

LS: I love hunting and fishing. I think that it is relaxing and so much fun.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

LS: Determined.