Following that season, Dean began setting his eyes on his senior season.
“I am taking this year more serious than ever, because it is my last year,” said the captain. “It is my last chance and I want to be as good a player and a leader as I can for this team.
“Last year’s record (9-12) was a little disappointing. I think we have the potential to have a great year. We have a lot of seniors with a lot of experience and some very talented newcomers.”
One of those newcomers happens to be Dean’s little brother, freshman Devin, who is drawing comparisons to a pretty talented player.
“It’s a little bit weird having my brother there,” Alec Dean admitted. “I try to push him, but I don’t wan to push him too hard just because he’s my brother. He’s exactly like me out there when I was a freshman. He grew up playing with the girls, too, so he is learning the boys game. I like having him out there. I know I can trust him.”
Star in the classroom
The volleyball court isn’t Dean’s only area of excellence. He is also a superstar academically.
Dean is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement Spanish, physics C and biology and scored a 2,100 on his SATs.
For his efforts, he earned early admission to elite Cornell University, where he will study engineering.
But before his athletic career comes to an end — Cornell does not have a volleyball team — he wants to go out with a bang.
“Our first goal is to at least make the playoffs,” he said. “After that, we want to at least earn a Division 1 title and we would love to play for a state title. I am expecting more from this team. We have a shot.”