DENVER – Senior outside hitter Brooke Paxton of the Johnson & Wales University volleyball team is the JWU Denver Student-Athlete of the Month for September.
Paxton averaged 2.92 kills, 3.26 digs and .45 aces per set throughout the month, leading the Wildcats to sweeps over Rockford and Mills.
The Greeley, Colorado native landed a spot on two all-tournament teams, earning recognition for her stellar play in the Wildcat Invitational Sept. 6-7 and the Prairie Wolf Invitational Sept. 27-28.
For the season, Paxton ranks fifth in the SCAC at 2.85 kills per set and third with .44 aces per set. Her season highs include a 14-kill performance vs. Central (Iowa), five aces vs. Mills and 22 digs against Marian (Wisc.).
Getting to know Brooke Paxton with classmate Ashlee Ruehs
Hometown & High School: Greeley, Colorado & Northridge High School
Why she chose JWU: "I chose JWU because it was between here and a small community college in Nebraska. I grew up in a small town, so that didn't really appeal to me. I fell in love with the school here, so I chose JWU."
Favorite food: "It's between ice cream and garlic bread, but I think garlic bread wins."
What's your favorite fun fact: "If you're in a plane crash and are sitting in the back-half of the plane, you have a 50 percent higher chance of survival."
What was your favorite volleyball memory from September: "It would have to be our Nebraska road trip. On the way home had just played two games, so everyone was super tired and smelly and gross, and we stopped at a gas station. I asked Coach if I could run to the Dunkin Donuts that was right next door. And – shout out to Mary at Dunkin Donuts in Nebraska – she asked if we wanted all the donut holes they had left since they were closing in 30 minutes. So instead of showing up on the bus with one donut like Coach thought, I came with four bags of donut holes. And most of them ended up I my apartment."
Plans after graduation in May: "Hopefully I'll stay in the athletics realm and maybe go into operations or coaching. I worked at X-Games last summer, and I'm doing the Winter Games this year, so hopefully I can network through that and get some good connections and stay around sports, because I'm never ready to be done with them."