Stockton, Calif. – Volleyball's junior captain, Lexi Elman has been selected as the Tigers' Competitor of the Month for September. Only nine student-athletes earn the distinction every year in Pacific Athletics and Elman is the first to garner the award during the 2015-16 academic year. The Competitor of the Month award is given each month to a Pacific athlete who demonstrates unusual or remarkable competitive effort, focus, and discipline.
During the month of September, Elman was a standout leader of the Tigers over the first month of the season as Pacific spent the first 13 matches away on the road away from Stockton. As one of the Tigers’ captains, she was tasked with keeping the team focused both on and off the court despite spending every weekend away from home as the team was on the road from Wednesday of every week to the following Sunday.
In addition to keeping up with their school work while on the road during the beginning of the new semester, Elman led the Tigers to a 9-2 overall record against some of the best teams in the nation, propelling the Tigers to their first nation ranking since the 2003 season. Athletically, Elman took over the team and established herself as one of the best players in the nation. Looking for someone to step up after the loss of their all-american to graduation, the volleyball team looked to Elman to fill the big shoes. She would deliver and then some as the junior finished the month of September ranked No. 2 in the nation in kills and No. 3 in points scored per set despite having every opposing game-plan key on stopping her.