Lil is the daughter of Pearl and Gladstone McAlpin. One of three children in a close-knit family, she grew up in Huntington and played volleyball at Walt Whitman High School.
To say that Lilieth McAlpin was an asset to the Dowling Volleyball program is an understatement. As a freshman, Lil came to Dowling in 1993 with high expectations for herself as well as the team.
The highlight of the year, and one of her fondest memories during her career, came in the Championship game of the Bryant College Invitational on September 18. Down two games, Lil used taunts by opposing players as motivation and led the Golden Lions with a match high 15 kills in a 3-2 come from behind victory over the Bulldogs.
She finished the year ranked 5th nationally in kills per game and earned the reputation as one of the most dominant Middles in the Northeast for her outstanding blocking and hitting ability.
Lilieth’s determination and perseverance carried her through her sophomore and junior seasons. She did not let nagging injuries stop her from playing her best. Both years she was an unstoppable force at the net. The strong combination of Lil and current Hall of Fame Outside Hitter Janeen Conforti was enough to lead Dowling to the programs first ever NCAA Tournament Appearance in 1995.
In 1996 The Golden Lions would again get back to the NCAA Tournament. In a first round win against Bentley the game plan from the start was to run the offense through Lil. She established the middle quickly and lit up the court with one of her best performances under Head Coach Bruce Grandin. The team would advance to the Regional Final and eventually lose a hard fought battle to top ranked New Haven.
Throughout her career, Lil collected numerous awards and accolades. She was a two time AVCA All Northeast region selection, two time NYCAC First Team All-Conference selection, and was named NYCAC Rookie of the Year in 1993.
In addition to her impressive list of Northeast and NYCAC honors, Lil holds a plethora of records at Dowling. For her career she is currently the leader in total kills with 1404, block solos with 251, block assists with 323 and total blocks with 574. She also has the highest single season hitting percentage of .430 recorded her freshman year and ranks first and second for single season solo blocks and total blocks.
After graduation, Lil pursued a career in Information Technology. Currently Lil resides in the Bronx and works at Huntington Hospital as a Lead Applications Specialist.
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