The Women of Troy Sign Sydney Van Alphen|
Nov. 12, 2016
LOS ANGELES - Orange County product Sydney Van Alphen has signed a national letter of intent with the USC women’s tennis team, head coach Richard Gallien announced today. Van Alphen, who hails from Laguna Beach, Calif. arrives at Troy ranked the No. 1 girl’s 18’s player in Southern California and No. 13 nationally in girl’s 18’s.
“Sydney Van Alphen posses the number one quality that I appreciate the most, which is that she competes ferociously day in and day out. Sydney will undoubtedly help our program immediately. She's an emotionally intelligent young lady with a tremendous work ethic. West, Barbara and I are really looking forward to getting started with her!” said Gallien.
The highly touted Van Alphen joins the Women of Troy with quite an outstanding resume. Val Alphen won the championship title at both the Girl’s 18’s singles USTA Matador Junior Open and the Girl’s 18’s USTA Regional Championships Las Vegas in 2015. In addition, she was a finalist at the 18’s singles USTA National Selection Irvine in 2015. More recently in 2016, she was named the champion of the Women’s Open Glendora, as well as being a finalist at the Oracle ITA Junior Master’s Qualifier and the Girl’s 18’s USTA National Selection Alpine. Also in 2016, she placed third in the USTA Girls 18’s National Team Championships and fourth in the Girls 18’s Southern California Sectional Championships.
Not only has Val Alphen competed throughout the United States, but she has experience with international competition as well. In 2014, she lived in Belgium, where her father was born, for six months. While abroad, she had the opportunity to play in multiple ITF competitions, including the Doubles ITF Heiveld, where she was a finalist.
“Sydney is a player I always wanted on our team,” said associate head coach West Nott. “She has many of the qualities I admire in a person to help our team be successful. We are asking her to come a year early and what stood out was her maturity. She is extremely disciplined, self-motivated, competitive, durable, and fit which is a great foundation to compete against anyone nationally. What excites me the most is her willingness to want to improve and put in the long hours necessary to be at her best."
Van Alphen will arrive in the spring semester of the 2016-17 academic year and will be immediately eligible for competition.