Southern Wayne's Alexus Elliot proved that "underdog is just a word" today when she chose to continue to inspire people by signing her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at Elizabeth City State.
In only 22 games played in her career, 5'11 Senior Alexus Elliot impressed college coaches finishing her volleyball career with 239 kills in 137 sets played. She also has accumulated 145 total solo blocks, 64 aces, and 53 digs in her career.
Elliot's talent and ability go far beyond her volleyball uniform, not only is she a standout on the basketball team, but Elliot is also currently the third-ranked athlete in the state for shot put in track & field. Her coaches have nothing, but flattering words for Elliot on and off the field/court. "When people see her, people instantly gravitate towards her," said Track Coach Ronnie McClary Jr. One thing that all of her coaches can agree on is that Alexus has always been herself, even in the midst of turmoil, she will always bring the spirit of positivity.
Alexus struggled with bullying throughout her childhood, but she never let that affect the way she lived her life. "If people don't get anything else from me, I want people to know that they were made for greatness. It's truly in all of us," said Elliot. Alexus told a story about a girl coming up to her and saying that she inspired her so much and how it brought her to tears. "I hope me signing continues to inspire people, Southern Wayne always gets a bad rep in this county and so hopefully by me continuing to be positive and determined, I hope people look at that and be inspired."
Alexus Elliot plans on majoring in Biology when she steps on Elizabeth City State University's campus and will eventually go on to dental school to one day become an Orthodontist. She doesn't really want to put limitations on herself by coming up with a plan on where she'll end up as she said, "I know my destiny is great going forward and I don't want to set a time or location because who knows where my journey will take me. I just want to enjoy it."
After talking to multiple coaches, Elliot is "one of those players that you don't get every year or even every four years," said volleyball coach Jamie Williams. "When I came in two years ago, I didn't really know much about volleyball so she actually helped me. She's one of those players that has a lot of knowledge, but she's still so coachable and that's what stands out about her. She has always been humble, respectful and everyone loves her."
Elliot has a track record of taking on something and remaining determined to finish strong, or she'll continue to improve until she gets it right. When she takes on being a college student-athlete at ECSU, there are so many in the Southern Wayne community that knows she'll continue to impress on the next level of her athletic career and in the next stages of her life. Spending 10 minutes with Alexus, it was easy to notice the infectious personality that she has that makes people want to follow her and she had one more thing to add before the interview was over, "The coaches did their job and I did mine, this is an us accomplishment."
Congratulations to Southern Wayne student-athlete Alexus Elliot for inspiring so many and having the opportunity to continue her athletic career at Elizabeth City State University.