A player that Davila looks up to in the tennis world is Serna Williams.
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IN THE EARLY STAGES OF HER CAREER, ALYSSA DAVILA DEALT WITH A LOT OF REJECTION.
It came from college tennis coaches saying she needed more experience or that she didn't have what they were looking for. They even told her to look at a different avenues to play tennis.
"I remember a specific coach telling me to look at alternative choices such as playing outside of college, in separate leagues, etc. instead of pursuing a college tennis career," Davila said.
The MacArthur senior overcame all of the naysayers and will be attending University of St. Thomas in Houston next year as a part of its inaugural tennis team.
"She is the truest definition of what hard work, determination, excellence and passion for tennis can lead to," MacArthur tennis coach Brandon Blake said. "I know Alyssa will continue to thrive at the college level and she has set an example for the rest of MacArthur's tennis team that they too can play at the next level."
Since the University of St. Thomas is a Division III school, it doesn't offer athletic scholarships. However, Davila maintaining a Top 10-percent ranking in her graduating class has afforded her numerous academic scholarships.
Accomplishing all of this hasn't come without hard work, Davila said, which is how she was raised.
"A strong work ethic is actually ingrained in my blood with my grandparents on my father's side being immigrants from Mexico, who came to America to find a better life," Davila said. "And with my grandparents on my mother's side being migrant workers, who worked picking crops in fields. I recognize that my family has worked too hard for me to slack and not make something out of myself."
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While most of the Astros roster is returning for the 2024 season, there are still some areas of uncertainty for the club. Astros manager Joe Espada will have some tough decisions to make in his first season managing the team.
The Astros infield is set, so we know who will be playing on a nightly basis, assuming health. The outfield is where things get tricky. Espada told the Houston Chronicle last week that he hopes to play Alvarez more in left field this season, which would open up the DH spot for Chas McCormick and players he would like to rest while keeping their bat in the lineup (Yainer Diaz, Jose Altuve, etc).
Astros GM Dana Brown would like to see if Jake Meyers can hit well enough to play regularly in center field. This is a team that stresses defense, which Meyers provides. But if defense is the top priority, wouldn't that mean Chas McCormick should play left field with Yordan Alvarez hitting in the DH spot?
Certainly, there will be nights when that's the case. The reality of the situation is all these guys are going to play, but how much and where is yet to be seen.
Houston plays 20 games in 21 days to start the season, so it's not going to take long to see if Meyers is providing enough offense to play regularly. If we get into the month of May and Meyers is an offensive liability in the lineup, we won't be surprised if his playing time starts to decrease. But by how much?
Don't miss the video as we examine how Joe Espada will deploy his outfielders and get the most out of the DH this season!
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