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Hoffman signs to play ECC volleyball

Newton High senior Alexis Hoffman signed a letter of intent to play volleyball next fall at Ellsworth 
Community College in Iowa Falls. At Tuesday’s signing were her parents Amanda and Rob Hoffman of 
Newton.
Newton High senior Alexis Hoffman signed a letter of intent to play volleyball next fall at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. At Tuesday’s signing were her parents Amanda and Rob Hoffman of Newton.

Alexis Hoffman took her height into consideration and chose to play volleyball at Newton High School. She’s taking her 6-foot-1-inch height to Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls to help the Panther volleyball team.

Hoffman signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to play volleyball at ECC next year. The Panthers are coached by Ashley Clark. They were 9-26 overall and 2-6 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play.

“Ellsworth gives me a great opportunity to play volleyball. I’m tall so I can work well at the net,” Hoffman said. “Coach Clark told me they didn’t have a lot of height this past season, so being 6-1 I think I’ll help them in that department.”

The 2017 Panthers did not have a player taller than 5-foot-9 inches. Hoffman is familiar with Ellsworth as her sister played softball for the Panthers.

“It’s a smaller school and doesn’t have huge class size. I’ll get to know more people there and have fun playing volleyball there,” Hoffman said. “They are looking to use me as a middle hitter or right side hitter and I just want to better myself in those positions.”

Hoffman was Newton’s top hitter during this fall’s season. She delivered 118 kills in her senior campaign and had a team-high 18 solo blocks among her 33 total blocks at the net. In two years of varsity volleyball, Hoffman had 126 kills and 36 blocks.

For the Cardinals this fall, Hoffman was an 89.5 percent server, going 154-of-172 at the service line. She had 13 ace serves. Hoffman also had 60 digs.

Hoffman earned Little Hawkeye Conference honorable mention honors this fall.

Hoffman said she’s planning to pursue a degree in wildlife, fishery and forestry. She said she was interested in the Department of Natural Resources.

Hoffman is the daughter of Rob and Amanda Hoffman of Newton.

Contact Jocelyn Sheets at
641-792-3121 ext. 6535
or jsheets@newtondailynews.com

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