She’s been around volleyball her whole life.

Lexy Denaburg broke Merritt Island’s all-time kills record this year. And the senior isn’t done playing yet.

  • Denaburg will play beach volleyball next year at UCLA
  • Helped guide Mustangs to 29-2 record this year
  • Merritt Island vs. Santa Fe in 6A State Championship Saturday

Her 26 kill performance against Archbishop Mccarthy and another 16 against Tarpon Springs sealed up the team’s bid to the 6A State Championship game.

“I work really hard,” Denaburg explained. “There’s just something inside of me. When I don’t feel good enough about my performance I’ll just keep pushing myself.”

The 5’11 outside hitter has been carrying a hefty workload all four years at Merritt Island and the payoff awaits in Ft. Myers.

“She’s just been born a leader, since her freshman year,” Mustangs Coach Angie Patrick said. “She’s just had an incredible work ethic, leads by example.”

Denaburg, who will be playing beach volleyball at UCLA next year, is clinging on to her final matches as a Mustang.

“Its bitter sweet, I don’t think I am ready for it to be over yet,” Denaburg said. “I’ve been thinking that these past few weeks going into post season. I just want to push my team so hard because I’m not ready for the season to be over.”

The team captain has one match left, Saturday against Santa Fe at 4pm, before her chapter at Merritt Island is complete.

Regardless the outcome of the title game—her legacy is crystal clear.

“The standard that Merritt Island volleyball is and set and it’s a family. It’s not just about volleyball but it’s about work ethic, type of people you are, the character that you have and she walks that,” Patrick said of her impact.