College Spotlight: Alexandra Vo

College: Stonehill College

Major: Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Washington Crossing, Pa.

Year: Junior

Best tennis memory:

“From a team perspective, the best memory would be of winning the NE-10 Conference Championships (considering that we were finalists for the past 3 years). But from a personal standpoint, the most definitive moment for me would be upsetting the No. 2 seed in the USTA/ITA East Regional Tournament as a singles qualifier.”

Future tennis goals:

“My goal as a senior would be to go deep in the NCAA Tournament and win the NE-10 Conference Championships again.  I think that this achievement would be incredible not only for my team, but for my coaches as well. As for my tennis life after graduating, I would love to join a USTA Women’s League so that I may continue my passion for tennis.”

Future career goals:

“I will be graduating Stonehill College with a BS in Environmental Science and would like to continue my goal in pursuing a career as an Environmental Engineer. My primary focus would be in evaluating and promoting resilient energy systems and sustainable environmental practices.”

Favorite aspect of tennis:

“I am a very competitive person by nature, always looking for a challenge. Tennis offers me this challenge in two ways: through the body and mind. It allows me to stay physically active and stimulates my brain allowing me stay sharp and mentally strong. However, tennis also serves as a detox and major stress reliever from my academic life. Last but most importantly, playing on a team has allowed me to build strong bonds and find camaraderie within my teammates.”

What tennis has taught you:

“Tennis has served as a big life lesson for me. It has taught me that life will throw obstacles, but it is how we deal with adversity which defines us and allows us to grow as people. Tennis has taught me that emotional intelligence can supersede technical abilities. From personal experience and from watching my teammates’ matches, I have seen people who are more technically skilled than their opponent, but because they were unable to control their emotions, they could not solidify crucial points and ultimately ended up losing the match. Lastly, tennis has taught me the value of respect not only to my teammates but to my head coach, assistant coaches, and trainers as well. They contribute to our team’s success just as much as the players, but often times do not receive the acknowledgement they truly deserve.”

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