AUBURN, Ala. – Two factors determine when Auburn’s volleyball team will practice each week: the availability of Auburn Arena, and the class schedule of Alexa Filley.

Auburn’s career assists leader in rally scoring, Filley balances her last season as the Tigers’ setter with her first semester in Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy.

“I feel really interested in it, so it’s easier to study things that I like,” says Filley, a senior from Louisville, Kentucky.

Between patient visits, labs and meetings outside of class, Filley’s pharmacy schedule changes each week, requiring flexibility from her teammates. On Sundays, she sends a group text with the plan for the upcoming week.

“They’ve been great,” says Filley, a captain since her freshman year. “I’m so thankful that they’re so understanding about it.”

“It doesn’t bother anybody at all,” says fellow senior Macy Reece. “Everyone completely understands. She’s doing awesome in the program. Nobody is bothered by it and we love that she’s good to do it.”


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