January 17, 2020 – By NJP
The life of a libero is not filled with glamour. No big smashing kills or monster blocks. No perfect sets or front line tips. But typically, if you have a strong libero, like Alex Work, your team will be well suited for success. In Alex’s case, he is as good as they come. And his ability to keep opponents serves and hits from touching the floor is truly remarkable. His passing skills are second to none.
So when most fans think about the Fair Lawn Cutters, they remember the grace and power of Mark Berry, the massive strength and size of Dennis Narteh, the athleticism and speed of Jack Centeno, and the soft hands and smarts from Gil Zyndorf. But the skill that Alex Work brings to the court is equally or even more important and with all of these pistons firing together, makes Fair Lawn the team to beat for the 2020 high school season.
So how good was Alex as a junior? If you are a top libero or DS, you may accumulate 200 digs throughout a high school season. If you are off the chart amazing, you could reach the 300 mark. Only 6 players in NJ reached 300 digs in 2019. So how many did Alex have? He had 440!! Which is just insane. He has an uncanny ability to anticipate where the ball will be hit and the reflexes, acrobatics, and speed to stop what seems like every ball from hitting the floor. Watch his highlight reel below. Simply magic.
But Alex is not one dimensional. He was just outstanding serving. He amassed 66 aces which was third in the state and a whopping 249 service points, almost 70 more than Nick Baquero who finished second.
So the morale of this story is… Alex is a winner and the guy you want to build a team around. He should have a fun and amazing senior year!
Here is our interview with Alex…
Tell us a bit about yourself Alex?
My name is Alex Work. I’m currently a senior at Fair Lawn High School in the class of 2020.
How long have you played volleyball?
I started playing volleyball 4 years ago during my freshman year.
What inspired you to take up volleyball initially?
My friends Mark and Jack convinced me to tryout freshman year and I fell in love with the game instantly.
Who is your support group?
Both of my parents are my biggest supporters. They’re at every tournament and every game.
NJP considers you as one of the top players in the state. Do you plan on playing in College? (If so, which ones are you looking at?)
I am committed to play volleyball at Springfield College in Massachusetts. They are currently ranked 2nd in the nation for Division 3 and have 11 national championships all time.
How will your high school team do in the upcoming season? Do you have a lot of returning players? What will be the key to success?
Our only goal is to win a state championship. We’re returning almost all of our starters from last year. Anything less than a state championship won’t suffice.
Tell us about your high school coach?
Coach Zisa is easily one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. He always knows how to keep us motivated and knows the game as good as anybody. He has made me such a better player and he knows what it takes to win year in and year our.
What does your high school team do that is different than the other teams out there to prepare you for the season?
We play all offseason long whether it’s in tournaments, playing grass or playing at the beach. We also start offseason practices in November.
Do you play other sports? (if so, which ones?)
I also play soccer in the fall and was 1st Team All-League and voted League MVP
Which schools are your biggest rivals?
This upcoming season some of our biggest rivals are Southern, Old Bridge, St. Joe’s, and Bridgewater-Raritan.
Who is your favorite teammate and why?
I love my whole team!