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Klegou Begins NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday

May 22, 2012
Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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ATHENS, GA - At the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships, Texas A&M senior co-captain Alexis Klegou is paired against Nik Scholtz from Ole Miss, who is seeded No. 9-16. Scholtz is ranked No. 14 in the country. The match is slated to begin at 9 a.m. central on Wednesday, May 23 at the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Georgia.

"Gou (Klegou) needs to take care of his serve and return well to advance at the NCAA Championships," Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. "He has waited three years for the chance to play in this tournament. I know he will be very excited to compete and he has the ability to get on a roll."

Klegou (pronounced CLAY-goo), ranked No. 33 in the latest ITA rankings, led the way for Texas A&M this season at the No. 1 position and helped the Aggies reach the NCAA Team Championships for the 19th consecutive season. Klegou posted an overall record of 17-16 and was 12-10 in dual matches including a 9-10 mark at No. 1 singles. The Dunkerque, France, native was 7-13 against nationally-ranked opponents and reeled off three straight wins, two against Texas and one against Baylor, during the stretch run for Texas A&M before Klegou dropped his last match of the team season against the nation's top-ranked player, Steve Johnson, from USC.

Klegou, better known around the George Mitchell Tennis Center in Aggieland as "Gou", was recently named Senior of the Year in the Texas Region by the ITA. Last fall, he was one of 32 singles players in the country to be selected to play in the prestigious 2011 USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Earlier last fall, Klegou advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American Championship held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and along the way defeated the country's No. 3-ranked player in Eric Quigley of Kentucky. Klegou won in straight sets, 7-6 (1), 6-3. Last summer, Klegou received a thrill by playing in Davis Cup competition for his father's home country of Benin.

As a junior, Klegou played at No. 4 singles and won the clinching point for Texas A&M in winning the 2011 Big 12 Championships against Oklahoma and then clinched the match against LSU to propel the Aggies to the Round of 16 at Stanford. Klegou won his final 15 matches and finished a perfect 6-0 in Big 12 action and was crowned the No. 4 singles champion in 2011. Klegou finished the year with a 21-2 dual match record to become the 32nd Aggie to reach the 20-win dual plateau.

The winner of the first-round match will face the winner of the match between Jose Hernandez (No, 26) of North Carolina and Ashley Watling (No. 77) of Tulsa in the Round of 32.
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