Created: 02/17/2014 9:26 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) --"It's quite a dramatic change, but I think I'm ready for it," said former Chatfield volleyball player Alex Duxbury.
Ever since eighth grade, Duxbury has wanted to play volleyball for Concordia University, so when the opportunity presented itself to play for the seven-time defending national champions, she didn't think twice.
"It was my dream, so finally being there now, it's quite an honor," said Duxbury.
The three-time First Team All-State player graduated from Chatfield High School a semester early, so she could get adjusted to college life and get a head start on her volleyball career at Concordia.
"Starting school early was an advantage for me; getting credits early and going into the fall for volleyball is a huge advantage," said Duxbury.
As an 'A' honor roll student, the transition in the classroom isn't where Duxbury noticed the most change.
That happened on the volleyball court.
"Right away, it was a big change in the speed of the game, and I could tell right away the dedication and desire to be there was a lot different than high school," said Duxbury.
Concordia will play in four tournaments this spring, but because Alex is a redshirt this year, she is only allowed to practice with the team for now. Still, she says each practice is approached with that eighth national championship in mind.
"Just walking into the gym every day, you feel that mood. Everyone is like, 'We've got to do this.' Everyone is pushing each other do to their very best, and I know if we keep that attitude, we can do just about anything," said Duxbury.