Article by Blake Franklin-
Ellie Smith, a rising senior member of the Class of 2023 at Lexington High School, will be competing June 19 through 22, 2022, in Orlando, Florida for the Memphis Metro Volleyball Club at the AAU National Volleyball Championships. This is the largest volleyball tournament in the country. This tournament is represented by 48 states, two territories, four international countries are represented, an estimated 178,000 attendees compete, and there are 4,450 teams participating in this tournament.
Ellie plays for the Lexington High School Lady Tigers volleyball team. She is a two-time 13AA All-District player, a two-time 7AA All-Region selection, the 2020 District 13AA MVP, a two-time All-West Tennessee volleyball team member, and this last year she was voted to the 2021 All-State Volleyball Team by the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association.
“Ellie has been a joy to coach! She works extremely hard, isn’t afraid to go outside her comfort zone, and wants to be coached tough. Her growth this year has been absolutely incredible as all of her skills and technique have improved exponentially. I cannot wait to see her perform at nationals in the next week, watch her compete for her high school during her senior year, and next club season,” stated her head coach Jared Marks, with Memphis Metro Volleyball Club.
Smith started with Memphis Metro Volleyball Club right after the TSSAA State Tournament in 2021 and played on a U-18 team. She has traveled over 600 miles a week and trained two hours per day for three days each week.
Memphis Metro, whom Ellie competes with, is owned by…
For the complete article, see the June 15th edition of The Lexington Progress.