Countdown: Lee Signs with the Mustangs
by James Hill, 20 March 2009
Alexa Lee, a 5-Star recruit from Bermuda Dunes, Calif., knows exactly where she will attend school starting in August.
Alexa, who turns 18 on March 12, has signed an early letter of intent with the California Polytechnic State University - commonly known as Cal Poly - located in San Luis Obispo.
"I decided to go to a school which offers the education I wanted," said Alexa, who will graduate from La Quinta High School this spring. "Right now, I plan to major in history. I also really love the downtown part of San Luis Obispo."
Naturally, Alexa is also excited about the Mustang tennis program and her future coach, Hugh Bream.
"I really like how Coach Bream organizes his workouts. Everyone pushes everyone to improve and work better as a team. Hopefully, my hard work and dedication will bring everyone together and contribute to the team effort."
Alexa is ranked No. 98 on the national list by TennisRecruiting.net, and is 20th in the Southwest and California. She held a national ranking as high as No. 76.
The 5-foot-7 left-hander also had scholarship offers to two other California schools, UC Irvine and St. Mary's.
But Cal Poly, one of most respected schools in the nation, seems to be a perfect fit for Alexa. A strong student, Alexa has earned Honor Roll distinction the past two years at La Quinta.
On the tennis courts and in school, Coach Bream believes Alexa will be a valuable member of the Mustangs.
"We are excited to have Alexa joining us at Cal Poly," said Bream, in his ninth season as head coach of the Mustangs. "She is a player with some special talents beyond her five star rating, in my opinion. Alexa is very athletic, has a strong left-handed serve and is an exceptionally clean ball striker.
"I believe she will really blossom when she begins training hard daily with the other top DI athletes on our team. Most importantly Alexa is a great person who we believe will add to the strong team atmosphere we have at Cal Poly."
Bream also cited the success of Mustang junior Brittany Blalock from Palm Desert, the area of California's Coachella Valley, where Alexa resides. Brittany was recently selected as the Big West Women's Tennis Player of the Week.
Alexa comes from an athletic and tennis-playing family. Her two older brothers, Hunter and Tyler, both age 21, who play tennis for the University of California, Davis. Her mother, Evie Lamat Lee, played volleyball at Texas State.
Both Alexa and Brittany share the same personal coach, Andy Scorteanu, who is the head tennis pro at the Indian Ridge Country Club. Scorteanu has worked twice weekly with Alexa for the past year.
"I think she loves to work hard," Scorteanu said of Alexa. "She brings a lot of energy to the table. Alexa definitely has the potential to be an all-court player. Once she gets there and works hard, she will be a force to be reckoned with."
Alexa brings some good credentials to Cal Poly, from her junior tennis activities.
She was a semifinalist at the Roxy Girls 18s at Newport Beach, Calif., and she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Interscholastic Championships West.
She reached the round of 16 at the prestigious Copper Bowl tournament and the third round of the USTA Girls National Championships.
As a member of the La Quinta High School Blackhawks team, Alexa was the All-Desert Valley League singles champion in 2006 and 2007, and won the doubles crown in 2005 and 2008. She was also a doubles quarterfinalist at the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championships in 2005.
Alexa was named The Desert Sun Tennis Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
Summing up her style of play, which she will take to Cal Poly, Alexa said, "I play a very aggressive style of tennis. I've also been a lot more consistent over the past few years."