News Archives: Alexandra Pullishy - Featured Athlete of the Week
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
Name: Alexandra Pullishy
Jersey Number. Is there a story behind it? #13. When I first started playing volleyball, my grandmother was diagnosed with cancer and knowing she wasn’t ever going to be able to watch me play, I wanted something that would keep me close to her. 13 was her favourite number and so I chose to wear it on my jersey in honour of her.
Hometown: Spirit River, Alberta
High School: Spirit River Regional Academy
At what age did you start playing your sport? What drew you to the game? When I started playing, my best friend had also begun her career and so as much as we loved each other we were also very competitive. The more we pushed each other and ourselves, the better we got and I started to realize that’s what it takes to be on a team. You have to be able to expect more from yourself and push the person next to you. That’s what got me hooked, the team aspect because nothing is better than striving to be better as a group and having that pay off.
What is your fondest memory of your sport? There’s so many memories I’m thankful for but my top would be winning a hard fought match against Kings University this year, getting recruited to GPRC, and winning back-to-back provincial championships in high school.
Any pre or post-game rituals that you would be willing to share? How do you prepare? Ever since I was a kid I loved listening to music on game day. It gives me a chance to think about what I want to bring to the court and how I’m going to make a positive impact. About 2 hours before the game, I text my parents then after that it’s all about being with my teammates and preparing with them.
What are your future goals? My future goals are getting accepted into the TEN program and playing volleyball for the 3 years I have left at GPRC. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education, I’d like to complete a Masters in Occupational Therapy and take up coaching.
From Head Coach Lauren Hale-Miller:
“Alex is a key component of our program. On and off the court she is a source of calmness amongst players and coaches. I think it is important to note that Alex transitioned into a new position this season and she has been quite successful at it. Alex’s success on and off the court comes from being open to new ideas, asking questions and being committed to the process. Alex is continuously putting herself in situations that will not only make her better but make her teammates better as well. Whether we win or lose, you can always count on Al to be there for support and encouragement.”