Jefferson College Standout Joins Columbia College

4 years 7 months 1 week ago March 16, 2012 Mar 16, 2012 Friday, March 16 2012 Friday, March 16, 2012 6:21:31 PM CDT in Sports
Source: Cougar Athletics
By: Adam Beard

COLUMBIA -- Columbia College head volleyball coach Melinda Wrye-Washington officially announced today the signing of Alexis Brooke Simpson to play for the Cougars beginning this fall.

"Brooke is a great fit to our program," said Wrye-Washington. "She is a true student-athlete excelling not only on the court, but in the classroom."

Simpson joins the Cougars after two successful seasons at Jefferson College, where she was a first team all-conference, all-region and NJCAA All-American player as well as being named the Region 16 Player of the Year. Brooke led Region 16 with 358 kills and 281 digs during her sophomore year and helped her team to the region championship and an 11th place finish at NJCAA Nationals.

A Scott City High School graduate, Simpson collected first team all-state, all-region, all-district and all-conference honors. The 5-10 middle and outside hitter was named the 2009 Southeast Missourian Player of the Year and the Standard Democrat Player of the Year. Brooke helped lead her squad to a Class 2A State Championship in 2009 after being the runner-up in 2008.

Off the court, Simpson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the Dean's List. During high school she was a National Honor Society honoree and the student council president.

"She is a fierce competitor and a player who wants the ball when the game is close," said Wrye-Washington. "She has proven her abilities at Jefferson College, gathering some prestigious NJCAA awards in the past two seasons including an All-American campaign in 2011."

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