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JOLIET, Ill. --- Ranked No. 15 among high school senior tennis players in the state of Illinois by the Tennis Recruiting Network and a four-time state finals qualifier, Marist High School’s Alex Haizel (Oak Lawn, Ill.) has committed to University of St. Francis after signing a letter of intent to attend the Joliet-based school and play tennis for the Fighting Saints.
Haizel, who went 105-34 during his four-year varsity career as Marist’s No. 1 singles player, recorded his best state finish one year ago when he went 4-2 and placed in the top 32. That same season, he was named the East Suburban Catholic Conference Singles Player of the Year.
This past spring, Haizel went 2-2 at the state finals for his second-best finish.
“Alex has a great all-around game and will be a great fit for our program,” said USF head coach Cole Twitchell. “He should see a lot of playing time at the top of the lineup.”
Besides his state ranking, Haizel also earned a Top 150 billing for players 18-and-under from the United States Tennis Association. That ranking was built by an impressive resume that has included 75 USTA tournament appearances with 12 championships and another 37 top 4 finishes. In USTA play alone, Haizel has posted a 179-66 record, while combined with his high school mark he has gone a solid 284-100.
Haizel is undecided at this time as to which major he will pursue.