Alkinburg traveled to Costa Rica from May 20th-28th for Beyond Sports' Fourth Annual Costa Rica Women's Volleyball Tour.
A three-year starter so far in her collegiate career, Alkinburg led the team in total blocks, blocks per set and hitting percentage last season. She has played in 82 matches and 268 sets, including a career-high 103 sets played in 2015-16.
Alkinburg joined a team of all-conference honorees and statistical leaders from colleges across the country to take on Costa Rica's National Volleyball Team and top club teams.
In addition to the competition component of the trip, athletes also provided sports clinics for Costa Rican youth. One clinic was hosted at a local school in San Jose, and another in partnership with Special Olympics of Costa Rica.
The group also visited Manuel Antonio National Park and Volcano Arenal during the tour with opportunities to zip-line through the rainforest, learn to surf, and encounter wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, toucans and iguanas.
Alkinburg returns to Mustang City for preseason on August 18th, when she will begin preparing to open the season on Septmber 1st at home against Becker (5:00 pm).
About Beyond Sports
Beyond Sports, founded in 2010, is the first study abroad program designed specifically for student-athletes. To date, they have hosted athletes from over 200 different colleges across the country through summer, Jan-term and semester programs in Costa Rica and South Africa.
For more information about the Beyond Women's Volleyball Tour, or to request photos from the tour, please contact:
Grant Leslie, Program Director