Student Athlete of the Month: Tolland’s Thompson

Alyssa is a high honor roll student and has been named to the All-Academic team in the CCC Conference. In the gym, Alyssa helped last year’s Eagles squad reach the Class M semis, and on the field, she took sixth in the discus in the Class M meet.

How Alyssa prepares before a game: Before away games my team sings along to music (sometimes Christmas carols) on the bus. Before home games I listen to music, look at the other team’s stats, and mentally picture myself and my team doing well.

How Alyssa and the Eagles have improved: My team has had several 3-2 wins. This has helped me believe that anything is possible and to never give up. I think that new state of mind has definitely helped my passing because I will go for everything. Each time I pass a ball I have no doubt in myself, and with that mindset, most times it works out in my favor. Walking off the court covered in bruises is my way of reassuring myself that I did the best job I could’ve done.

Alyssa’s most memerable moment as an Eagle: Last season we beat EO Smith in our last regular season game, which also happened to be their senior night. They had beaten us at home previously that season so my team was not going to go down without a fight. We battled hard and ended up beating them 3-1. After the victory our coach, Mike Lewis, turned to us and yelled, “Who wants to go to Froyo World??!!!” I will never forget that moment.

Alyssa’s take on the 2013 season: This season was kind of rough for my team. We lost a couple of good players and a great coach. It took us awhile to mesh as a team. This year we went into the quarterfinals against the 1 seed, Woodland. We knew it was going to be a tough game, and even though we didn’t come out on top, I think that game was spectacular. We won the 4th set 30-28. I think it’s extremely impressive that we took them to 5 sets. I was so proud of everyone that night. We played our hearts out and showed that we wouldn’t go down without a fight.

Alyssa’s favorite pro athlete: Hands down, Kerri Walsh Jennings.

Alyssa’s plans for college: My top choices right now are the University of Tampa, Uconn, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I plan on playing club volleyball at whichever school I attend.

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