Alex Kelly was one of the great players that helped elevate the Lipscomb volleyball program to a higher level. She earned Atlantic Sun Player of the Year honors twice, and was twice named to both the AVCA South Region Team and the CVU Stellar Spiker Team. She was named All-Conference First Team three times and was also a member of the All-Conference Freshman Team. She was the A-Sun Tournament MVP in 2010 and was also an A-Sun President's Scholar in 2010. Now working in the commercial real estate business in Brentwood, Tenn., she took some time out to talk with Lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played volleyball from 2007 through 2011. We won three Atlantic Sun Conference Tournaments. Brandon Rosenthal was my coach."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"The conference tournament my senior year.
“Brandon always gave `CLASSIC’ pregame speeches and the one before our semi-finals did not disappoint. He had it all planned out and the speech was going pretty well and then at the end of it Ryan Daly turns off the lights and at the `EXACT’ time Brandon lit a match in front of his face and said “Keep the flame going”.
“It was supposed to be inspirational, but everyone was in tears laughing at it. Brandon later said, “It sounded like a good idea at the time”. Coming back from being down 0-2 against ETSU in the finals to win the conference tournament wasn’t too bad either!”
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
“My Dad (Jerry) has been the biggest influence on my athletic career. He has one of the most laid back personalities of anyone I have ever met, but school and athletics were very important to him. From the time I can remember he was at EVERY athletic event that I had. He would go to every practice and sit and watch and then later tell me every detail I did right and wrong, and I mean `EVERY’ detail.
“If I would not be giving 100 percent he would let not just me know, but everyone in the stands as well. His voice is one you can hear over anything. Even though he was my biggest critic, he was also my biggest fan. He pushed me to always give my best and nothing less than that was acceptable. I have him to thank for my competitive attitude. I also have him to blame for it.
"Brandon was also a big influence on me. He is awesome. He challenged me every single day on and off of the court to be a better person and to be a better volleyball player. I really have him to thank for the person I am today. I still talk to him pretty much on a daily basis. He is always giving me life lessons and trying to make me a better person in every aspect of life."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“My freshman year we had chapel every day and after chapel there was a 30-minute period where everyone just hung out in the student center. All of the baseball and volleyball girls would hang out in the third row of couches and just tell stories and enjoy each other’s company. We even took a picture one day of the crew and said it was just like “Saved by the Bell”.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"I learned to be held accountable for things and knowing that I have a big influence based on how I respond to things and how I treat other people.
"I have to say that going through the Lipscomb volleyball program, and through Lipscomb as a school, I feel like I am a better person. I know what I can be and I know when I am not there."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"Dr. Philip Kinzer. He absolutely loved the volleyball team. He traveled to games. He was our No. 1 fan.
"He helped us with our walk with God. He understood what we were trying to do on the volleyball court and also in the classroom."
Where do you live now?
"I live in Nashville."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I work as a leasing and marketing research associate for GBT Realty Corporation, a commercial real estate company, in Brentwood, Tenn.
"I work on the leasing team. We lease shopping center space. We have a new development in Brentwood."
Alex can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.