Aleksei Mendrala ‘19 Recruiting Profile

  • Minnechaug Regional High School
  • Wilbraham, MA
  • Women's Volleyball
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Aleksei Mendrala's Women's Volleyball Recruiting Profile
Pioneer Valley Junior Volleyball Club
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Personal Statement

My name is Aleksei Mendrala, and I have been an athlete since I was 18 months old.  My parents signed me up for the mommy and me classes for gymnastics and I spent the next 9 years in the gym, training and traveling around the country competing as a competitive gymnast.  When I was 10, I decided I wanted to try other sports and began playing soccer and a year later lacrosse.  I fell in love with lacrosse, and have continued to play since I was 11.  In 8th grade, my sister's varsity volleyball team won the Western Massachusetts championship game, and that's when I decided I wanted to try volleyball.  I tried out for and made the high performance team for Husky Volleyball Club in East Windsor, CT and from then on I was hooked! 

My freshmen year of high school I played on the JV volleyball team, but was invited to practice with the varsity team every day, and went on to play for the Husky 15 National team as an opposite hitter, and defensive specialist.  At this point I realized I was enjoying volleyball more than any other sport, and dedicated myself to improving through club travel teams, private lessons, and summer teams.  Last year as a sophomore I helped lead my varsity team to the Western Massachusetts Championship game.   I worked hard training as a defensive specialist and libero this summer, and currently I am the starting libero for my high school varsity team. I helped lead my team to victory this year in the Western Massachusetts Championship game, and I was voted player of the game.  I was also named 1st team All Star by the Volleyball Hall of Fame, 1st team All League, and starting 7 for all leagues in Western Massachusetts.  I was also voted best libero in Western Massachusetts. This year my club coach, Ryan Woodcock, has asked me to be a 6 rotation player because I am also trained as a hitter. 

My goal is to continue to learn and improve over the next two years, and play in college. Through the years one consistent comment from my coaches has been that I am athletic, coachable and versatile. I value my coaches input, and I accept and implement constructive criticism. I am very competitive and passionate about winning; however I understand the value of learning from loss.  

Academically I strive to always do my best, and with two parents who are both teachers, I have been raised to value education, and know that it's what will shape my future. My current GPA is 3.77 and my favorite subject is math. I hope to major in mathematics and business. 


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 3 years
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #7
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference, Super 7
  • Team Awards:
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #2
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Area, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-County, Voted to 1st All Star Team for Western Massachusetts Area. Also voted player of the game for the Western Massachusetts conference championship game.
  • Team Awards:
    State 3rd Place, Regional Champs, Sectional Champs, Conference Champs
  • Season Schedule
  • 2016 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #7
  • Team Awards:
    Regional 2nd Place

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 4 seasons
  • 2019 Pioneer Valley Junior Volleyball Club (18 National)
  • 2018 Husky Volleyball (17 National)
  • Notes: Coach: Ryan Woodcock
  • 2017 Husky Volleyball Club (16 National)
  • Notes: SCHEDULE: Winterfest January 14th-16th Hartford, CT Convention Center 16 Open League Qualifier February 4th and 5th tbd All HP Capitol Hill Classic February 18-20, 2017 Washington DC, Washington Convention Center Boston Qualifier March 3-5, 2017 Boston, MA Convention Center NERVA 1 March 12th NERVA 2 March 26th Northeast Qualifier April 14th-16th (Easter) Philadelphia, PA Convention Center NERVA 3 April 9th NERVA 4 April 23rd NERVA 5 May 7th AAU Nationals late June Orlando, FL Convention Center USAV Nationals late June - early July Minneapolis, MN Convention Center
  • 2016 Husky Volleyball (15 National)

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Mark Taylor
  • Club Coach
  • John Post
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Ryan Woodcock
  • Travel / Club Coach
  • Sean MacDonald

Additional Sports

  • Lacrosse
  • F
  • 3 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • High School Varsity starter since freshmen year. Voted First Team All-League
  • Lacrosse
  • F
  • 4 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Brine National Middle School Team
  • Volleyball
  • F
  • 4 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Member of the 2017 West team for the Massachusetts Bay State Games
  • Gymnastics
  • F
  • 9 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • I traveled around the country competing at various levels of gymnastics. I finished my gymnastics career at age 10 competing at level 7. I was the youngest member of my gym competing at this level, and was the Connecticut State Champion on vault.



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High School Information

High School:
Minnechaug Regional High School
(413) 596-9011

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Honors Algebra 2 Honors Precalculus Honors Chemistry Honors Physics Honors Anatomy and Physiology
AP Classes:
Yes. AP US History AP Psychology AP Statistics
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Received the Outstanding Effort Award (Fall 2015) Member of National Honor Society
  • Activity
    • Best Buddies Lumberjack Club (this is a community service club) French Club Above the Influence Club

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