Silencing the Critics

MacArthur's Davila fought rejection to put Big Mac tennis on the map

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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Alia Williams is heading to Baton Rouge.

The Kingwood Park senior announced her commitment to LSU via her Twitter account on Thursday.

"I believe the environment and coaching staff at LSU is the best place for me to reach my potential as a well rounded volleyball player," Williams told VYPE. "I look forward to developing my volleyball skills and knowledge with the coaching staff and my teammates in Baton Rouge.

"This is a great opportunity for me. Playing at the next level, especially in the SEC, is a dream that doesn't come true for everyone. I am grateful to be given this opportunity and will continue to work very hard in order to live up to the expectations of my coaches and teammates."

Williams was a part of the historic Kingwood Park volleyball team in 2018 that claimed the Class 5A State Championship, becoming the first-ever Humble ISD volleyball program to win a state title.

This season, Williams has helped guide Kingwood Park to a 19-19 overall record and 9-1 mark in District 20-5A play. Williams has recorded 213 assists, 123 kills, 110 digs, 36 aces and 31 blocks so far.

On making the decision to head to LSU, Williams said it came down to relationships.

"Many factors went into this decision," she said. "However it really boiled down to one main point. Coach Fran has seen me develop from my 15's year up until today. She knows the player I was at age 15 and how hard I've worked to become the player that I am today. I wanted to play for a coach who knew the kind of work ethic I have."


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