For Alex Stiteler, tennis is a way of life.

"I started playing when I was around three years old because my mother was a recreational player and she brought me along to the country club and I just picked it up and I picked it up pretty quickly so that's when she started training me,” said South Alabama Senior tennis player, Alex Stiteler.

It didn’t take her long to realize her love for the game.

"I'm a very competitive person on and off the court so when I saw how quickly I picked it up and I got pretty good that's when I was like okay I want to do this,” said Stiteler.

The Senior recently earned her 11th Sun Belt Women's Tennis Player of the Week award.

That’s the most in school history.

"I think her results speak for herself. By the time she's done she's probably going to be the best player to come through South Alabama and most likely one of the best players if not the best to come through the Sun Belt Conference,” said South Alabama Women’s tennis head coach, Dr. Jaco Keyser.

It has been a lot of work to get to where she is today.

The hardcore training started when she was 10-years-old.

"We would usually get me up around five o'clock in the morning and then I had training from 6-8 then from 9-12 I would have more training then I would have a break for lunch, training in the afternoon then somewhere we would do school for a couple hours every day,” said Stiteler.

Her advice is simple.

"You just have to keep working at it and you can’t get discouraged. I've seen people jump in levels just by training every day and working hard,” said Stiteler.

All these accolades are impressive, but Alex is just as impressive off the court.

She recently got into law school in New York on a full scholarship.

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