Player strives to be good role model

By BETO HOYOS

Sophomore volleyball player Alexis Ammerman stands tall on and off the court.

She was an athletic standout at an early age, and participated in multiple sports.

“Honestly, basketball was my first love,” she said.

Ammerman enjoyed basketball and volleyball, and began playing club volleyball as a teenager.

During her sophomore year at Tucson Magnet High School, she had to make a decision and chose volleyball.

“I played club ball and it ran into basketball season, so I had to make a choice,” she said.

After graduating from Tucson High in 2011, Ammerman joined Pima Community College’s volleyball team last year. The 6-footer plays outside hitter.

She began her sophomore season ineligible due to some paperwork issues, but as of Sept. 2 she was officially listed as being on the team.

Head coach Dan Bithell hopes to see her succeed.

“I’d say she’s a really important part of the team,” he said. “It’d be really nice to have her back.”

Off the court, Ammerman is a smart, motivated young woman who hopes to give back to the city that helped raise her. She has fond memories of growing up in the Old Pueblo.

“Tucson has a lot to offer but things aren’t just going to be given to you and easy to find,” she said.

“The city has always been rich in culture and is a nice place to live,” she added.

“Nothing has really changed in Tucson, it’s just your perspective of life that changes. It changes because you get older.”

She’s a fan of the outdoors, and enjoys hiking local trails.

“There are some places where people can’t go hiking, so hiking here is awesome,” she said.

Ammerman also enjoys watching movies in her spare time. She likes comedies, but is a fan of most genres.

“My all-time favorites are ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘The Goonies,’” she said.

Another favorite activity is spending time with friends, family and teammates.

“I like hanging out with friends, and just doing whatever makes me happy,” she said.

As a student-athlete, Ammerman appreciates the support of fans and knows how motivational they can be during a close game. For that reason, she tries to attend other Pima sporting events.

“I like going to other Aztec games and supporting my fellow Aztecs,” she said.

Ammerman grew up as an only child to a single mother, and said she looks to her mother for inspiration.

“My number one motivation is my mom,” she said. “She had me young, so the things I’m doing are things she never got to do.”

Her mother was always available to help her in every way possible, she added. “She’s an amazing person and I just want to make her proud.”

Ammerman is majoring in education, and hopes to become a teacher who can inspire new generations.

“I love kids,” she said.

None of her many part-time jobs has involved working with children, but she is certain she will succeed at teaching.

“I never worked at a YMCA or anything ,but all my life I would babysit or look after kids,” she said.

Ammerman defines a good role model as someone who is motivating and uplifting, and believes she fits the description.

“A good role model would push themselves and push others to do well,” she said.

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Sophomore Alexis Ammerman leads a team cheer with head coach Dan Bithell at the Aztec’s Aug. 29 home opener against South Mountain Community College. Pima lost in three sets. (Beto Hoyos/Aztec Press)

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