Alexa Hort is expected to provide a boost for the Waldorf University volleyball team during the next four years.
Hort, an Eastview High School senior, signed a letter of intent with the Warriors last Wednesday.
“Alexa comes from a family that loves volleyball and that love shows in the way she plays the game and interacts with her teammates,” Waldorf coach Bri Ebenhoe said. “On the court, she helps our team by providing great athleticism and versatility.”
A three-year varsity starter and letter winner at Eastview, Hort served as a team captain for the Lightning during her final two seasons and was named to the 2015 Hopkins Invitational All-Tournament Team. Though primarily playing as a setter, her 5-foot-8 frame gives her the ability to contribute elsewhere on the court.
“While she is a setter first, she has experience as a hitter and defensive specialist also and will help add depth at multiple positions,” Ebenhoe said.
Playing volleyball at the next level is a goal Hort has been pursuing since her youth and she made it official when joining the Warriors.
“It is very special to me because not many people get the opportunity to play collegiately,” Hort said. “I’ve always wanted to compete at the highest level possible and help bring success to the team. I am looking forward to new and exciting experiences.”
Hort is the daughter of Andy Hort and Wendy Wise. She will study education and sport management at Waldorf. The close-knit feel of the university’s campus led Hort to her decision of becoming a Warrior.
“The size of the school and the atmosphere are what I’ve been looking for in a college,” Hort said. “I like that professors will know me by name and I won’t be too far from home. The coaches made me feel very comfortable about my future and made me excited about Waldorf.”
Hort becomes the second member of Waldorf’s incoming recruiting class alongside Collins-Maxwell High School standout Kathleen Baldwin.
Battling in the South Suburban Conference throughout high school and also playing for the Vital Volleyball Club, Hort has grown accustomed to facing elite competition.
“Alexa has great experience playing against the highest level of competition,” Ebenhoe said. “Her high school career has been spent playing in the toughest conference in Minnesota and her club team plays in many high-level tournaments against some of the top competition in the region.”
Hort’s on-court experience aids her as she prepares to make the transition to the next level when she takes to the court for the Warriors this fall.
“This playing experience has prepared her for the higher level of competition and game speed at the collegiate level,” Ebenhoe said. “We are thrilled to have her join our program.”