VOLLEYBALLMAG.COM: Space Coast Sports Hall of Famer Lexy Denaburg Continues to Lead UCLA Bruins by Example
By volleyballmag.com // February 4, 2023
Denaburg has piled up 58 wins and just 19 losses in two seasons at UCLA
ABOVE VIDEO: Beach Volleyball with Tri Bourne and Travis Mewhirter features our regular guest host, Savvy Simo, who is currently in Doha, competing in her first OLYMPIC QUALIFYING event, and Lexy Denaburg, her former partner at UCLA who is now charged with leading a deeply talented Bruins team.
(VOLLEYBALLMAG.COM) – It’s the dichotomy that gets you. Lexy Denaburg paints a striking picture. A tanned 6-foot frame is outlined by lean, rippling muscle. She plays beach volleyball with power that is decidedly uncommon, to the point that the most-oft used descriptor of her game is “beast.”
That is, in fact, the first word Savvy Simo used when introducing Denaburg on SANDCAST, and it is meant as the highest form of athletic compliment. She’s physical and athletic enough to win at the NCAA and AVP levels as both a blocker and defender.
She is at once a coach’s dream and a confounding puzzle piece, because when you have a piece that can fit anywhere you put it… where in the world do you put it?
Court 1 is the short answer.
That’s where Denaburg has played for UCLA the previous two seasons, piling up 58 wins and just 19 losses. She won as both a blocker, for Lea Monkhouse, and a defender, for Abby Van Winkle.
Last March, she was responsible for the only loss handed to Tina Graudina and Hailey Harward, a pair who would go on to win an AVP later that summer.
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Lexy Denaburg Inducted into Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2020
WATCH: 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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