UC San Diego Senior Alexandra Weil Selected for 2018 USTA Colorado Female Player of the Year Award
DENVER - Alexandra Weil, a fourth-year senior on the University of California San Diego women's tennis team, was chosen in early October as a recipient of the 2018 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Colorado Female Player of the Year Award.
Weil will travel home to Denver, Colo., to be presented with the award in person at the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala & USTA Colorado Annual Awards Celebration on Saturday night, Feb. 9, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.
"I would like to thank my parents, coaches and teammates for their support throughout the years," said Weil. "They have encouraged me from the beginning, and continue to drive me to be better every day. This is not only a personal achievement, but also one I share with my family, my dedicated coaches, and of course, my fellow Tritons."
Weil finished 10-13 in singles as a junior, almost entirely at No. 3, and was 13-11 in doubles, all at No. 2 with fellow fourth-year senior and third-year partner Madison Hale. UC San Diego as a team went 13-11 and qualified for the NCAA Division II Championship, falling at second-ranked Hawai'i Pacific in a first-round matchup. The Tritons were ranked as high as No. 5 nationally in late March.
For her distinguished college athletic career, Weil has compiled records of 35-25 in singles and 49-18 in doubles, the latter exclusively with Hale.
Weil appeared in the No. 10 spot in singles and also No. 10 in doubles with another fourth-year Triton, Chloe Wight, in this season's initial Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) West Region rankings back on Nov. 14. In late September, the duo advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA Regional Championships in Azusa, with Weil also winning a pair of matches in singles to become one of the last 16 competitors. She ranked as high as No. 23 nationally in singles in 2018, and wound up at No. 33.
Weil, a member of the Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) since her sophomore year as one of two women's tennis team representatives, was voted to the TAC Executive Board as the fundraising chair last spring, and is serving in that capacity during this 2018-19 academic year. The council's first fundraising event of the fall at a local Chipotle in October brought in over $735 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization the Tritons support with numerous ventures annually.
The gala on Feb. 9 itself serves as a fundraiser for the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation (CYTF), which uses tennis as a vehicle to positively impact the lives of kids in need across Colorado.
"Alex is a very important part of our team," remarked Liz LaPlante, approaching the official start of her milestone 40th season in charge of the UC San Diego women's tennis program. "She has always been a starter, in both singles and doubles. She has grown tremendously as a tennis player and person over these four years. She's a team leader and TAC rep in charge of fundraising. Alex is the energy of the team. She brings so much positive energy. She pushes the girls in conditioning, and has really become one of the elite athletes of the program. Alex is just a great person."
Weil started playing tennis at the age of five in Highlands Ranch, Colo., later holding the No. 1 singles position all four years of high school at St. Mary's Academy in Englewood, Colo. Her Wildcats were the undefeated league and regional champions in 2013 and 2014, and state runners-up at the Class 4A level. Playing No. 1 singles, she was second in the state, also at Class 4A, in 2014 and 2015. Weil was a three-time All-Metropolitan League First Team and two-time Academic All-State selection.
As a junior player, Weil was ranked in the top five in the state of Colorado for several years, as well as in the top 10 in the Intermountain Section. She was a women's open singles finalist, women's open doubles champion and mixed open doubles champion at the 2017 Boulder Open, a Denver city open singles champion in 2018, and a mixed open doubles winner at the 2018 Colorado State Open.
Weil expects to graduate in June with a degree in general biology and a minor in business.
UC San Diego opens its 2019 campaign at home against Division I opponent Nevada on Friday, Jan. 18. Start time at Northview Tennis Courts on North Campus in La Jolla is set for 2 p.m. Admission to all regular-season home contests is free, with parking free for Saturday and Sunday matches.
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