Alexa Palen
Alexa Palen


Rochester, Minn.

High School:


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

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


Gophers Fall to Cornhuskers in Big Ten Quarterfinals

Nebraska tops Minnesota 4-0 to advance in tournament


Gophers Close Regular Season with 6-1 Loss at Iowa

Minnesota wraps up conference action with a 3-8 record


Minnesota Falls to No. 14 Nebraska on Senior Day

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


Gophers See 6-1 Defeat against Purdue

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


G:60 - Alexa Palen

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


Women Tennis Defeat Iowa on Senior Day

The Gophers take down Iowa 6-1


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

Women's Tennis Action


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 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.


Gophers Wrap Up Fall Season


Ryba, Safdar and Vujic wrapped up the Gophers fall season this weekend at the Thunderbird Invitational with Vujic picking up two singles wins.

Gophers Add Bihel, Kreinis


Minnesota has signed two student-athletes to National Letter of Intents for the 2016-17 season.

Minne-Tennis Tips: Finishing Your Shot


Check out the latest Minne-Tennis Tip With Chuck Merzbacher as he teaches you how to finish your shot.

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