Alexandria Linville knows all about persistence, and she’s just a sophomore.
Following the lead of her idol Maria Sharapova, the Cherokee Trail tennis standout overcame an injury of her own — a knee strain that required surgery — earlier in the year to go 7-1 in Centennial League play. Linville, 15, then toughed her way to win a 3-hour, 45-minute match in grueling conditions at the Class 5A Region 1 tournament at Cherry Creek High School, earning a spot in the 5A girls state tennis tournament May 10-12 at Gates Tennis Center.
Off the tennis court, Linville has a 3.95 GPA and is involved in the school’s International Baccalaureate program.
What is your favorite high school memory, athletically or otherwise?
My favorite high school memory athletically was when I won the 3 hour and 45 minute match against Littleton during regionals 7-6, 2-6, 6-4. It was the best feeling ever.
What’s the best piece of advice ever given to you in sports or in life?
The best piece of advice ever given to me in my sports is “Hang in there!” No matter how far down you are in a tennis match, you never give up.
What is the biggest sacrifice you have to make to play your sport?
The biggest sacrifice that I have had to make to play tennis was when I had to get knee surgery at the beginning of sophomore year because of tennis related strain.
Are you a leader? If so, what do you think makes a good leader in yourself or others? I do believe that I am a leader.
The qualities that make myself a good leader in myself and others is that I always have a bright outlook on things, and I am not easily frustrated. I always keep a calm composure.
Do you have any quirks or superstitions when it comes to your sport or in life in general?
Every tennis match that I play, I have to wear my black head-band pinned up with two bobby-pins. I know it sounds funny, but I went 7-1 with that hair-do.
If you listen to music before a game, what gets you most ready for competition? If not, how do you get focused?
To get ready for the competition, I like to listen to slow country songs such as “Forever Changed” by Carrie Underwood or “Springsteen” by Eric Church.
What’s a sport you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t and why haven’t you?
I have always wanted to try softball, but I haven’t because I am afraid of a ball getting hit really hard in my general direction.
If you could pick a person living or dead to spend a day with, who would it be and why?
It would be Maria Sharapova because she is my idol. She came back strong after her shoulder surgery, and she never gave up once to get back to tennis.
Other than sports, do you have another true passion in life and if so, what is it and why?
My other true passion in life is reading. I love to read a good book; I often times read a 300-400 page book in one day if it’s a really good book.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
I see myself studying to become a Pediatric Oncologist (Children’s Cancer doctor).
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