Alexa Palen  
Alexa Palen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Rochester, Minn.

High School:
Lourdes


05/29/2013

Minnesota Places 167 Student-Athletes On Spring Academic All-Big Ten Teams

Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals

04/26/2013

Gophers Fall to Cornhuskers in Big Ten Quarterfinals

Nebraska tops Minnesota 4-0 to advance in tournament

04/21/2013

Gophers Close Regular Season with 6-1 Loss at Iowa

Minnesota wraps up conference action with a 3-8 record

04/19/2013

Minnesota Falls to No. 14 Nebraska on Senior Day

Alexa Palen and Doron Murvanik honored as the team's two senior members

04/14/2013

Gophers See 6-1 Defeat against Purdue

Minnesota moves to 9-12 overall, 3-6 B1G

04/25/2012

G:60 - Alexa Palen

Gopher tennis player Alexa Palen is featured in this week's G:60.

04/22/2012

Women Tennis Defeat Iowa on Senior Day

The Gophers take down Iowa 6-1

02/05/2012

Women's Tennis: Washington at Minnesota (Feb. 5, 2012)

Women's Tennis Action

09/30/2011

Alexa Palen

Alexa Palen Action Photos

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2011-12 • JUNIOR SEASON: Went 18-12 in singles and 18-16 in doubles • Won two of three singles matches at Wilson/ITA Central Regional Championships in Tulsa, Okla. (10/20-24) • Won 12 consecutive matches from 1/27 to 3/24, including tiebreaker wins over Samantha Smith of No. 28 Washington and North Carolina State's No. 52 ranked Joelle Kissell • Ranked as high as No. 105 national singles athlete • Ended the season ranked No. 123 after a loss to No. 91 Natasha Marks (Arizona) in the NCAA Tournament • Played all 13 fall doubles matches with Magdalena Wiecha for a 7-6 record • Tandem competed in four tournaments • Went 3-1 at Gopher Invitational (9/16-18) • Reached semifinals in top flight at Wildcat Invitational in Evanston Ill. (9/30-10/2) • Teamed with five other partners in the spring, ending the season paired with Doron Muravnik • Defeated seven teams from ranked schools including Belinda Niu/Kate Turvey of No. 15 Northwestern and Daniela Vidal/Lynda Xepoleas of No. 34 Purdue.

2010-11 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Compiled an 13-20 singles record and a 15-21 doubles record • Went 8-15 in singles dual match play, competing at positions No. 1 through 5 • Played in a team-high 23 of 24 matches • Won four of six matches from 1/24 to 2/18 • Went 7-15 in doubles in the spring • Began season as 84th-ranked doubles duo with Alessandra Ferrazzi • Recorded a 5-5 ledger in fall singles play, with all five wins coming in straight sets • took down Whitney Wilson of Michigan State and Kelsey Lawson of DePaul to advance to semifinals of Flight 'B' singles at Wildcat Invitational (10/8-10) • Went 8-5 in fall doubles play, partnered with Alessandra Ferrazzi in all matches • Tandem won six consecutive matched to claim Flight 'D' doubles title at the Wildcat Invitational and reach the semifinals at the ITA Central Regional (10/8-22) • Began streak with a 9-8 triumph against No. 31 doubles tandem Selma Salkovic and Gia McKnight of DePaul • Four of five losses came against opponents ranked in the nation's top 30.

2009-10 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Regular player in both the singles and doubles lineups as a freshman with a 17-14 singles record and a 21-13 doubles ledger • Tied for the team lead with 21 doubles wins • Went 5-5 in Big Ten singles matches • Went 3-1 in set tiebreakers and 2-1 in match tiebreakers • Posted a 13-8 doubles record in the spring with three different partners • Compiled a 7-3 Big Ten record at No.1 doubles with Alessandra Ferrazzi, defeating the nation's 82nd-ranked doubles tandem of Lauren Lui and Samantha Murray of Northwestern (4/18) • Went 6-5 in three-set contests • Compiled a 9-3 fall singles record with two wins over ranked opponents • Downed 70th ranked Lenka Hojckova of North Carolina State while posting a 4-0 record at the North Carolina Invitational • Beat 118th-ranked Alexandra Kichoutkin of Tulsa in the first round of the ITA Central Regional (10/21-25) • Won the individual title in the No. 2 singles flight of the Gopher Invitational (9/25-27) with three victories, including a three-set win over Iowa's Alexis Dorr in the title match • Finished with a 8-5 fall doubles record with six different partners.

PRIOR TO MINNESOTA: Graduate of Rochester Lourdes High School • High school coach Kevin Rust • Won two straight Minnesota Class A high school state singles titles, going undefeated in each of her final two seasons • Dropped one game in four matches at state as a senior and won all four matches in straight sets as a junior • Helped team win five state team championships • Top-ranked player in the U.S. Tennis Association's Northern Section • Five-star recruit according to tennisrecruiting.net and ranked No. 58 in the country following senior season • Finalist in the K-Swiss National Open in Chicago in 2007 and won the National Open in Minneapolis in 2007 • Reached the round of 16 in the Summer Hard Courts national tournament in 2007.

PERSONAL: Major is undeclared • Daughter of Stephen and Kathryn Palen • Born May 11, 1991 • Fourth member of her family to play college tennis as sisters, Jill and Alyssa, played at Iowa State and sister, Lyndsey, was a Division III national doubles champion at Gustavus Adolphus • Enjoys jetskiing and water skiing.