AOTW: Alexa Cieri, sophomore tennis player

The Beacon: Female Athlete of the Week Sept. 15 – Sept. 21 Why Alexa Cieri was selected: Cieri made program history by becoming a dual-champion at the ITA Southeast Regionals after going a perfect 8-0. She took home the E Singles title, being only the second women’s tennis player to do so, as well as the C Doubles championship, where her and partner Laura Zielinski were the first Wilkes duo to ever win an ITA doubles title. Her performance earned her the MAC Freedom Women’s Tennis Player of the Week honor.


Kirsten Peters

Female Athlete of the Week: Alexa Cieri

Name: Alexa Cieri

Year: Sophomore

Major: Early Childhood Education

Minor: Special Education

Hometown: Matawan, N.J.

High School: Saint John Vianney HS

Position: Singles and Doubles


Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

I chose Wilkes because it has a great education program, and I liked the tennis team and campus. 


Post graduation plans in terms of a career?

I plan to get a teaching job at an elementary school.


Favorite building on campus? 



What came first? The chicken or the egg?

The egg.


Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

I hope that we have a great time this season and make it to Nationals again. 


When/Why did you first begin playing?

I’ve been playing tennis since I was around four years old. Once I started playing, I couldn’t stop. 


Favorite thing to do during practice?

I like to practice matches/points.

If you had to choose one thing about your program that you could improve, what would it be?

I would improve on cheering more while others are playing. 


Other interests or hobbies off of the field? 



Most influential person(s) in your life?

My parents.


If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be? 

Chris Evert.


Favorite professor?

Dr. Polachek.


Coke or Pepsi?



Favorite meal to eat on campus?



A quote you live your life by?

“Take it one day at a time.”


What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

To me, “Be Colonel” means being a leader. 


Anyone to give a shout-out to?

My teammates and friends.


-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor