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Klegou named ITA Regional Senior of the Year

May 15, 2012
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M senior co-captain Alexis Klegou has been named the Senior of the Year in the Texas Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2012 season.

"I am very proud of Gou (Klegou)," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. "I've said many times, he has been a great leader and such a team player for us and I am glad he is receiving this recognition. Gou has been such a clutch player for us throughout his career and he really loves his teammates and Texas A&M."

Klegou's season will continue as he has been selected one of 64 singles players to compete in the 2012 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships by the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee.

The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 18-22). The University of Georgia will serve as host.

All matches shall be the best of three sets. Regular scoring and a 12-point tiebreaker at six games all will be used for all matches.

Klegou, from Dunkerque, France, has played the majority of the season at No. 1 singles for Texas A&M. The Aggies advanced as a team to the NCAA Championships, the 19th consecutive season for Texas A&M to make NCAA Championships. Texas A&M defeated South Carolina in the first round and then lost to three-time defending national champion and current top-ranked USC in the second round.

Known around the Mitchell Tennis Center as "Gou", the righthander is one of the most athletic tennis players to play at Texas A&M. Klegou was one of 32 singles players in the country to be selected to the prestigious 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Earlier in the fall, Klegou advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championship in Tulsa and along the way defeated the country's No. 3-ranked player in Eric Quigley of Kentucky, in straight sets, 7-6 (1), 6-3. Last summer, Klegou was able to play in Davis Cup competition for his father's home country of Benin.

Last year, Klegou won the clinching points in the 2011 Big 12 Championship match against Oklahoma and repeated with the clinching point against LSU to send Texas A&M to the Round of 16 at Stanford.
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