Get to know: Southland’s Lexi Smith
Lexi Smith is a senior volleyball player for the Southland Rebels.
Q: What sports do you compete in?
A: Volleyball, basketball, softball and JFK dance.
Q: How did you originally get into sports?
A: My mom was volleyball coach when I was born, so I’ve always been around sports.
Q: What’s your favorite sports memory?
A: Before games when we are in the locker room we have jam sessions and get pumped for the game.
Q: What have you learned from sports?
A: You always have someone there for you. My team is always there for me, on and off the court.
Q: What is the hardest part about sports?
A: The mental game. You might be having a tough game, but you have to keep up the energy because a team feeds off each other. You can’t sit there and pout, you have to stay positive and try to help the team the best you can.
Q: How do you keep your focus when competing?
A: Our whole team cheers each on and support each other. We want to try our hardest so we don’t let each other down.
Q: Who is your biggest sports role model and why?
A: Ashton May and Diana Mortenson. Diana helped with the start of women’s sports and even after years of basketball, she’s not tired of it. She still comes to all of my AAU games and practices and she is constantly helping me with basketball. Ashton is also a huge role model to me. She is my godmother and she was super good at sports and everything she did. I strive to be just like her. She was always positive and I’d love to be just like here. Even though she might not be here to watch my senior year, I know she’s proud of me and I know she’s there.
Q: What is your favorite movie or TV show?
A: “Criminal Minds” is my favorite TV show and “Love and Basketball” is my favorite movie.
Q: If you could have a conversation with anyone in history, who would it be?
A: Ashton. I have so many things I want to tell her and ask her. I’d give anything just to talk to her one more time.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Physical therapy.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: What are your favorite songs?
A: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Speechless.”
Q: What are your plans after high school?
A: I am hoping to continue my basketball career into college, where I am planning on studying physical therapy.
Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A: Read others’ minds.