Blazing A New Trail


“It’s never really been done before,” said Alexus Mcleod.

Local volleyball standout Alexus Mcleod, 18, is blazing a new trail at Cal State University Northridge. 

“I was really lucky that I was able to do it just because it’s never happened before at Northridge,” Mcleod said. 

Earning a full ride scholarship, Mcleod made history as the first student athlete to step onto the D-I Cal State University campus early. 

“I really wanted to get a head start in college and I knew that I was ready for it,” Mcleod said. 

Granted permission from CSUN President Dianne Harrison, Mcleod carried a heavy load in high school. 

She spent her junior and senior year buried in books and spiking and blocking at the net to graduate a semester early and head off to college. 

“It was hard but I knew in the long run it would pay off and it would benefit my future,” Mcleod said. 

So far it has.

“I was really lucky to have coaches that really wanted me to succeed,” Mcleod said. 

The Matadors announced this week Mcleod will start the season hitting left side. 

Her first game is Friday against the University of Arizona Wildcats.

Her hard work and determination is paying off. 

And if you were wondering if she wants to graduate from college early… 

“Yes! We’ll see how that works, but yeah,” Mcleod said. 

Mcleod will major in Kinesiology at Northridge. 

She said the hardest part about graduating high school and leaving home early was her family. 

Mcleod said she’s very close with her parents and family and misses them daily. 

Good luck on Friday! 

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