For Mekenzie Bennett and Alex Perkins, there is no place like home. The Leesburg High School seniors both signed scholarships to play volleyball at Lake-Sumter State College, where they hope to become big hits on the collegiate level. Both look forward to showcasing their skills in front of family and friends.
“My family is very close, and I am not ready to leave them,” says Mekenzie, who received scholarship offers from various community colleges throughout the country. “Playing volleyball at L-SSC will allow my family and friends to attend my games, and I look forward to that.”
Alex echoed her sentiments. “I signed with L-SSC because it is close to home and I can continue living with my family. I’m also excited about the opportunity to continue playing with Mekenzie, who is one of my best friends.”
Both girls have played the sport since middle school. Alex has participated in club volleyball for teams such as the Central Florida Volleyball Academy, Lake County Juniors, and Juice. Mekenzie is currently playing club volleyball for ST7. Mekenzie was an outside hitter for Leesburg High School and Alex was a middle hitter. They look forward to playing under Jennifer Belarmino, head volleyball coach of L-SSC.
After graduating L-SSC, both hope to continue their volleyball careers at larger universities. Mekenzie ultimately hopes to become a dental hygienist or physical therapist. Alex has her sights set on becoming a nurse practitioner.