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Rebecca Alvira: A Leader On and Off the Field

by cnewman
Fri, Oct 7th 2011 03:00 pm
Rebecca Alvira is a true leader. Jeff Barnes/Metro Source.
Rebecca Alvira is a true leader. Jeff Barnes/Metro Source.

Leaders are born, not made. Either you have it or you don't and when you look at Mt. Mercy Academy's Rebecca Alvira you know she has what it takes.

At first glance when you see Alvira you will notice that she doesn't say much on the field.

But being a leader doesn't mean you have to be a rah, rah type of person.

Being a leader sometimes is more about your actions on the field than off.

"She has turned into a real big time leader of this team," stated Mt. Mercy coach John Glose. "The girls follow her and she works extremely hard. She speaks up now. When I bring the girls into the huddle she is the first one to say something."

Not only is she the true leader on this very young Magic team, she also is the ultimate teammate.

After years playing forward, she was asked to move back to the midfield.

Playing midfield isn't about scoring the goals, but now being able to look all over the field, figure out the play, and make the right decision with the ball.

In the beginning it was tough for Alvira to make the transition, because she was used to moving forward all the time.

But, now, it is almost like she has been playing there all her life.

"I always have that drive to go toward the net," explained Alvira. "Playing defense is weird. Having a mark is weird, because I was always so accustomed to play forward, but dishing it out is part of what I am."

Added Glose: "I learned that she is a better distributor of the ball then she is scorer. And I think when she can distribute the ball and move the ball in the midfield and have opportunities to move forward from there I think is where it works out best."

What's also working out best for Alvira is the fact that she doesn't get frustrated.

That's a good thing considering the senior is a marked person by other teams in the Monsignor Martin Association.

The Metro Source Most Improved Player knows that teams will put their best player on her to mark her.

But, instead of getting frustrated, Alvira embraces the challenge.

"It's a challenge, but I like it," stated Alvira. "I like the pressure. I think it makes you play better. It's easier for me when I have two girls rushing me to dish off a pass and split those defenders."

Added Glose: "The words out, everybody knows how good a player Rebecca is. I think she should take it as a sign of respect."

Respect is something that Alvira has garnered around league. While talking to other coaches they always bring up her name as one of the best players in the MMA, and you never associate her with dirty play - which is a mutual sign of respect for her opponent.

With this being her final year in high school, Alvira knows the pressure is mounting to have a good season, as college coaches will be watching.

"Yes and no, because I always know I am playing me best," explained Alvira, when asked if she feels the pressure to perform. "I try equally as hard as I always do. But, yeah the pressure is definitely on for college."

Another reason why she is soaking in her final season at Mt. Mercy is because this will be the final year she will play with her little sister, Jessica.

This is the second year Jessica, a second team All-Catholic selection last year, gets to play with her older sister on varsity.

"Ever since we were younger we were passing in the backyard," said Rebecca. "It was just natural once she joined the team, plus I play with her in summer leagues. I think we just have a natural chemistry."

Rebecca Alvira has proven to everybody that she is ready to take her game to the next level.

A born leader, Alvira would be a great fit for any college, but right now her focus is to get her team a Catholic title.

And knowing the drive that she has, Alvira just might do it.