Lexy Denaburg’s Unmatched Dominance Earns Her Early Induction into Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame

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Denaburg led Merritt Island to state titles in both indoor and beach volleyball

2020 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: Lexy Denaburg, who led the Merritt Island Mustangs to a state championship in both indoor and beach volleyball, and earned All-American honors in both, is the most dominant prep force in her sport in Brevard County history.

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Like mother, like daughter, that’s the story of Connie and Lexy Denaburg.

Mom Connie, the director of the Cape Coast Volleyball Club, was inducted in 2018 into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame for her dedication to the sport.

This year, it’s daughter’s Lexy’s turn.

The Merritt Island resident has been gathering plenty of attention during her freshman year at UCLA.

UCLA Volleyball’s “First Floridians” Denaburg and Rileigh Powers, Denaburg’s teammate from Oviedo, helped the team snag its second consecutive NCAA beach volleyball championship.

In volleyballmag.com, UCLA coach Stein Metzger noted that Denaburg, Powers and fellow freshman Devon Newberry were “blue chip, All-American.”

Team Denaburg/Powers is certainly a mighty force for winning. When they played 14 matches during the three-day Under 18 AAU National Junior Beach Volleyball Championship, they won all 14.

Like mother, like daughter, that’s the story of Connie, left, and Lexy Denaburg. Mom Connie, the director of the Cape Coast Volleyball Club, was inducted in 2018 into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame for her dedication to the sport. This year, it’s daughter’s Lexy’s turn.
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A member of the 2018 Merritt Island High School state championship beach volleyball team, Lexy was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s High School Beach First Team All-American in 2019 and an Under Armour indoor volleyball All-American in 2018.

Denaburg was also a four-year letter winner for both indoor volleyball and soccer at Merritt Island High School, where she additionally earned two beach volleyball letters.

Lexy was also named first-team All-State in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and earned All-Conference and All-District in volleyball every year from 2015 to 2018.

She attends UCLA on a beach volleyball scholarship.

UCLA Volleyball’s “First Floridians” Lexy Denaburg, above, and Rileigh Powers, Denaburg’s teammate from Oviedo, helped the team snag its second consecutive NCAA beach volleyball championship.
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She’s great at volleyball and not bad at soccer, either, being a two-time state champion in soccer 2017 and 2018 and a finalist for the Class 4A Soccer Player of the Year in 2018. In fact, Lexy lists her soccer state championship win as the greatest thrill in her sports career.

Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed as Space Coast Daily named Lexy the Volleyball Player of the Year for 2018 and the Female Athlete of the Year in 2019.

Lexy and her mom aren’t the only sports stars in the family.

Her father, Dan, excelled in football in college. Older sister Karly stars in soccer at North Greenville University. Younger brother Brady is making his athletic mark with the Mustangs and older brother Mason was a first-round draft pick for the Washington Nationals in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Lexy Denaburg, center, led the MerrittHigh School Island volleyball team in winning the Florida High School Athletic Association 6A state championship.
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THE 2020 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME Banquet and Induction Ceremony will take place at the Cocoa Beach Country Club on Friday, May 8.

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT the 2020 SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME, call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame is located in the main athletic building on the Melbourne Campus of Eastern Florida State College. Portraits and biographies of the Hall of Famers are displayed on the wall in the building’s main hallway that runs parallel to the gym and outside the athletic department offices. Memorabilia items and related sports artifacts will be added to the display over time.

The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame selection committee announced an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2020 Class of the Hall of Fame.

The 2020 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Sports Awards will be held Friday, May 8 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.

The festivities include a meet and greet with the area’s sports royalty beginning at 6 p.m., and the dinner and induction proceeding will start at 6:45 p.m. and includes compelling video tributes of each of the inductees.

The 2020 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame induction event, and the 2020 High School Breakfast of Champions recognition awards, are sponsored by Health First, Erdman Automotive, All Points, Clear Choice Health Care, Savings Safari, Friday Night Locker Room and Rock Paper Simple.

The Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame includes an impressive array of outstanding individuals to be inducted into the 2020 Class of the Hall of Fame.

Dozens of nominees were considered in four categories including professional sports, college sports, high school sports and amateur sports.

Special honorary recognition will also be bestowed upon individuals and teams that have made significant contributions to sports on the Space Coast.

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Space Coast Daily created the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012 and has so far inducted more than 160 of Brevard County’s most outstanding athletes, coaches and sports personalities.

Serving on the committee are Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo, Vice President Giles Malone, Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo, Managing Editor Zach Clark, the Friday Night Locker Room’s Steve Wilson and Orville Susong, former Health First COO Larry Garrison and Amateur Athletic Union Vice President Rusty Buchanan.

“The list of inductees for 2020 induction include athletes and coaches everybody knows – and some that may have been forgotten with the passing of time,” said Tom Palermo.

FOR INFORMATION about the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame, or to make a reservation, e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com or call 321-615-8111.

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SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2020

• PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Jamel Dean, Football; Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Wrestling; Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Football; Mark Lake, Skateboarding; Juwaan Taylor, Football

• COLLEGE CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Derek Hamm, Football; Paulette King, Basketball; Dylan Lewis, Soccer; Melanie Murphy, Softball

• PREP CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Lexy Denaburg, Volleyball; Apryl Bigham Nickson, Swimming; Andi Sellers, Soccer

• AMATEUR/RECREATION CATEGORY INDUCTEE: Peter Blount, Track & Field; Karina Villegas, Sled Hockey; Caylor Williams, Wrestling

• COACHING CATEGORY INDUCTEES: Sean Ballard, Wrestling; Doug Butler, Cross County and Track; Aubin Goporo, Basketball; Gerald Hodgin, Football; Bill Sinclair, Softball; Don Smith, Basketball

• SPORTS DEVELOPMENT INDUCTEE: Loren McClanahan

• LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEE: Clint Hurdle

• SPORTS OFFICIAL INDUCTEES: Ted Ruta

• SPORTS JOURNALISM INDUCTEES: Steve Vaughn

• SPORTS AMBASSADOR AWARD INDUCTEE: Congressman Bill Posey

• CHALLENGER AWARDS INDUCTEES: Brevard Special Olympics

• TEAM OF THE YEAR: 2019 Satellite High Cross Country

• LEGACY CHAMPIONS: TBA

• SPECIAL TRIBUTE: TBA

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