Last week we got to know baseball player, Elijah Nunez, and this week we’re switching it up and getting to know volleyball player, Alyssa Heist.
Alyssa Heist has been playing volleyball since she was 9 for volleyball club team, El Paso Wildfire. Her love for the sport really kicked in when she hit middle school, and has been training to take her talents past high school ever since. Some players move around on the court until they find their perfect fit, but Heist clicked early when she decided she was going to be a setter.
Looking back on her years of volleyball, she told me her favorite memories have come off the court “flying with (her) teammates and eating together during tournaments.” Not only has she collected many memories, but many influences as well. Heist explained that her biggest influence on and off the court would have to be her club coach, aka her dad, that has “taught (her) so much about life itself and the things sports have to offer.”
She chose TCU because of the teammates, coaching staff, and sense of community that radiates off the campus. But what’s really awesome is that her older sister, a 2016 graduate, played volleyball at TCU and she currently has a sister who is a Junior on campus as well. Horned Frog pride definitely runs deep in the family.
After 4 years of varsity starting and becoming an Under Armour All American, Heist graduated from Coronado High School a semester early so she could go ahead and get adjusted to life at TCU. Being on campus has allowed her more time to focus on offseason workouts; whether its TRX training, or running she will be ready to compete in the fall!
During her time at TCU she’s hoping to “win the Big 12, make it to the tournament, and build relationships that will last a lifetime”. But her goals don’t end with the court, in the classroom she’s not sure what the specifics are yet, but Heist is sure that she will be majoring in business.
The volleyball team got lucky with Alyssa Heist, and I am looking forward to seeing what she will accomplish in the future!