May 15, 2012

Marcell receives ITA recognition

Denison junior Alex Marcell was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Player to Watch in the central region following a breakout season in 2012.

Marcell posted an impressive 15-5 singles record, including a 13-4 mark at No. 2 singles.  Thirteen of the junior's 15 victories came in straight sets.  Of those 15 wins, Marcell held her opponents to three or fewer set points 10 times.  She also racked up 12 victories over her last 15 decisions.

As a doubles player, Marcell went 20-2 at the first flight with partner Sarah Short.  The DU duo posted a perfect 18-0 record against Division III opponents during the 2012 season.  Their other two victories came against Division II Indiana (Pa.) and Division I Dayton.  The tandem is currently riding a 15-match winning streak and ranks second in the region.

The team of Short and Marcell were selected to participate at the 2012 NCAA Division III Doubles Championship.  The championship will be held May 24-26 at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.  The draw will be done by the women's tennis committee and will be released on the last day of the team championship.