Men's Tennis / First Year / Ormond Beach, Fla.
Alex Guzhva is a first-year on the UChicago men's tennis team. Over the weekend, he helped lead UChicago to its first-ever Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Indoor Championship title. Guzhva won a pair of three-set singles matches over Washington University - St. Louis and Emory University to clinch both those team victories.
Head Coach Jay Tee: "Alex Guzhva had an incredible ITA National Indoor Championship, clinching wins vs. WashU in the semifinals and Emory in the finals, both in three sets. In the finals, Alex found himself down 2-3 in the third set, but found a way to battle back to win his match and clinch the championship for his team. The team title was the first in program history and ended Emory’s run of three-straight titles, where they eliminated us each time. Alex proved over the weekend that the moment wasn’t too big for him and he came through in the clutch when his team needed him the most."
Teammate Alejandro Rodriguez: "In the short time he has been on campus, Alex has made a tremendous contribution to our team. He brings a competitive attitude and top-notch work ethic to practice each and every day, and he has garnered the respect of all of us in the squad. I have no doubt he will continue to be a major player for us and help us win more titles in the future!"
Guzhva Quick Facts
- Alex likes to nap in his free time.
- Alex is the first member of his family to be born in the United States.
- Alex's shoes have to be untied until he gets on court.
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