Athlete of Week: Tomlin killing it on court for CF

Carolina Forest senior two-sport star Alexis Tomlin has never been one to worry about her individual statistics, but sometimes those numbers get so great it is unavoidable. Such was the case when Tomlin recorded her 1,000th career kill on the volleyball court last Thursday, and her second Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week award in two different sports within the last year.

“When I went to the game I was kind of nervous. It was exciting because it had never been done at our school before, but I tried to treat it like it was just another game,” said Tomlin, who also is an all-region standout in basketball. “When I play, I’m just thinking about winning. I don’t take much time to look at the stats, but to see my career numbers all added together was pretty amazing.”

So has Tomlin’s overall play for the Panthers, who are off to a strong start to the season that saw them finish runner-up in the North Myrtle Beach Invitational and third place in their own Carolina Forest Invitational. Tomlin and her team rose to the occasion against tough competition, which Carolina Forest coach Brittany Drew attributes to her captain’s composure and leadership.

“One of the biggest contributors to Alexis’ success on the court is her drive to take on challenges during game time and not falter under pressure,” said Drew, whose Panthers are off to a 14-3-1 start to the season entering Region 6-5A play. “You can always count on her to make a big play happen and put a stop to the opposing team’s momentum.”

Tomlin’s most impressive stats aren’t on the volleyball or basketball floor, but in the classroom. Tomlin is ranked atop her class at the Horry County Scholars Academy and has received interest from recruiters in both sports, but she says she will make her decision based on academics, even if it means giving up athletics. But for now her main focus is on taking the Panthers to the next level.

“We’re going to use our region games to build on our strengths and work on our weaknesses, and hopefully make a deep run in the playoffs,” Tomlin said. “We’ve had some slip-ups in the playoffs. We’ve made the second round and run into some really good teams, but we could have won some of those games. We just have to play big in the big games.”

The Panthers have a good shot to survive a playoff run as long as Tomlin keeps killin’ it.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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