Lexi Walsh, a district and all-league volleyball honoree, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in a ceremony at Marietta High's Sutton Gym Wednesday.
The MHS student-athlete is planning to major in exercise science.
In the Marietta classroom, Walsh owns a 3.8 GPA.
RON JOHNSTON The Marietta Times
Marietta High’s Lexi Walsh, third from left, signs a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and play volleyball at West Virginia Wesleyan at Sutton Gym Wednesday. Pictured in front row, left to right, are Pat Walsh (father), MHS head volleyball coach Ron Kidder, Lexi Walsh, and Debbie Walsh (mother). In the back row, left to right, are Marietta High athletic director Rick Guimond, Marietta High principal Bill Lee, Edythe Kuroski (grandmother), Jim Kuroski (grandfather), and John Walsh (grandfather). Absent from photo was Toni Walsh (grandmother).
"I visited Wesleyan three times," Walsh said, "and just fell in love with the school. The people are so friendly. The school's about two hours from Marietta."
West Virginia Wesleyan is an NCAA Division II school in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) in Buckhannon, W.Va. The Bobcat netters are coached by Jackie Murphy.
Last season, West Virginia Wesleyan compiled a 10-20 overall record on the volleyball court.
The 5-foot-6 Walsh, a libero, was instrumental in helping Marietta post 19 victories (19-5) and an East Central Ohio League championship this past fall.
As a Tiger libero in her senior season, Walsh was credited with 560 digs and 42 aces. She had an 88 serving percentage.
For her efforts, she was named to the All-District second team, and was also an All-ECOL second-team selection two years in a row.
"In college, you have to be able to pass the ball, and Lexi's going to do well," said MHS head volleyball coach Ron Kidder. "West Virginia Wesleyan needs help defensively.
When Walsh was a sophomore, she was a member of the MHS volleyball team that went 25-1, the winningest squad in the history of the program.
As a junior, Walsh suffered a serious knee injury (torn ACL) on the basketball floor, but came back to play both hoops and volleyball in her senior season. She was also a letterwinner in track and field when she was a Tiger freshman and sophomore.
Walsh said she no longer wears a knee brace when she competes.
"Lexi's a very hard worker," Kidder said. "She was one of our senior team leaders."
This spring, Walsh is playing on a volleyball club traveling team.
Walsh is the daughter of Patrick and Debbie Walsh of Marietta.