NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, April 19, 2017 – In just her second year as Head Coach of the Jackson State University’s Male and Female Tennis Teams, Lois Alexis continues to inspire her teams as they once again made it to the SWAC Championships finals.
“The Tigers” reached the finals of both the male and female categories this season but had to settle for second spot behind winners Alabama State over the weekend.
“It’s an honor having the opportunity to take both the Men and Women’s tennis program to the championships for the second time in a row” says Lois Alexis in speaking to Spice Isle Sports Review.
“My players had worked really hard this season and deserved the opportunity to be in the position that they were in, giving themselves a shot at the title once again this year.”
In assessing both team’s performance for this season, coach Alexis says they both had improved performance from last season.
“The women’s program had a really good season this year having an over all record 12-14 one of the best seasons they had in a while. In the championship semi-finals match against my Al mater Southern University, they came out strong defeating the Jaguars 4-1 and advancing to the finals where they faced Alabama State University. In the finals my tigers fell short losing to ASU in a tough to watch finals. They fought hard.
The Men started of the championship with a tough semifinal round against Alcorn State University. It was a battle as it came down to one deciding match at line 5. Our number 5 player Stylianos Gkontsaris was able to pull through for his team in the third set after cramping up. He was willing to give it all he had to allow his team a chance in the finals where they too faced Alabama State University. The Men also fell short to ASU in the finals in a long match up.”
Lois Alexis wrote her name in the South Western Athletes Conference (SWAC) History books last year as the youngest coach at the SWAC to win a championship and also the first Grenadian to accomplish such a feat.
At the end of the season she was awarded coach of the year and combined with her accomplishments this year, she hopes this can motivate others.
“I’m extremely motivated to do what I am doing here in the US. I would like to believe that I am making a positive impact on many of these students athletes lives and also on the lives of the young and upcoming tennis players of Grenada. I believe that dreams do come through and I would like to continue to grow and do greater things each and every year.”
This was a team effort according to Alexis and she is happy for all the assistance and support given throughout her stay at Jackson State.
“I would like to thank God first and foremost because without him I would not have been in the place that I am in now. My family is my rock and everything I do is for them. I would also like to thank the Jackson State University Athletic department for taking a chance on me and allowing me to lead this tennis program. My assistant Coach Gabrielle Moore, Graduate Assistant Hernan Geria and Volunteer Assistant Lotfi El Jai for their hard work throughout the year. Thanks also to my friends in and out of Mississippi who supports me 100% to keep on pushing for greatness.”
The Women’s program has ended their season but there’s more work for the Men in the upcoming months.
“The Women will use this time to focus on their academics and missed work to finish up the semester just as strong as they did in tennis and though the Men’s program did not win the conference we were granted the opportunity to represent the SWAC conference in the 1st Round of the NCAA Regional due to the post season bans places on Alabama State University Men’s Tennis program due to APR issues. Our Men’s program will resume practice shortly in preparations for this opportunity.”
The First Time Singles and Doubles All-Southern Athletic Team and Southern Universities MVP and All American player for Southern University took up her current job at Jackson State University after a two (2) year assistant coaching stint at Southern University where she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in .Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration.