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About Alana Marcu

Alana Marcu is a photojournalist residing in New York City. Her photos appear in The Chief Leader newspaper regularly as she continues to work on various personal projects.

Marcu played tennis for the Boston University women's team for four years and was the Graduate Assistant coach for one year while she completed the Master's program of photojournalism.

Marcu is still connected to tennis as she teaches group lessons at New York University several times a week.


Spring Signing Week '09: Hoffpauir in Blue and Gold
Most college-bound tennis players start training, traveling, preparing, and competing when they are just a few years old. For 18-year-old Stephanie Hoffpauir of Escondido, Calif., who recently accepted a scholarship to UCLA, tennis was not a part of life until the ripe old age of 14.

Spring Signing Week '09: Anderson a Quaker
For Mollie Anderson of Melville, NY, the nerve-wracking anticipation of college recruiting is over. After an agitated couple of months leading into the early signing period, Mollie was looking at three choices: Wisconsin, Brown, and Penn. In the end, Anderson chose the Penn Quakers.

Fall Signing Week '08: Isip Catches the Waves
Family, religion, tennis, and a career in sports medicine are four topics where 5-Star senior Catherine Isip speaks confidently. These four factors proved to play a major role in Isip's decision to attend Pepperdine University.

Countdown: Badgering Berner
Hannah Berner disappeared from the USTA junior scene as a sophomore in high school. Her decision to leave New York and head down to the Adams Flynn International Tennis Academy in Pembroke Pines, FL, was one she believed would enhance her tennis game physically and mentally. After spending two years at the tennis-intensive academy, the focused teen returned to her home in Brooklyn to get back on the college track and gain the recognition her new game deserved.

Countdown: Boston College's New Crop
With five graduating seniors on Boston College's horizon, there is little doubt that Head Coach Nigel Bentley has a large gap to fill for the coming season. Cue three senior 5-Star recruits: Olga Khmylev, Alexandra Kelleher, and Maria Fuccillo. Those three early commits will attempt to fill the void as they prepare for Fall 2009.

Top-seeded Brodsky Takes USTA Girls 18s Title
With few upsets, injuries, and withdrawals, this year's competition at the Girls' 18 National Championships proved to have one of the strongest depths of field USTA has seen in a while. Top-seeded Gail Brodsky won the title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Coco Vandeweghe.

Strong Field Heads to Berkeley for the Girls' 18 Nationals
For the second consecutive year, The Berkeley Tennis Club invites 192 of the nation's best teenage tennis players to compete for the title of Girls' 18 National Hard Court Champion. This year, the seeds are not only at the top of the USTA rankings - several of them also have Top-500 Sony Ericsson WTA rankings.

Nunic heads to Beantown one year after graduation
She is a blue chip recruit with a successful junior career and a year of professional tennis under her belt. She is 19 and she knows she wants to be a sports psychologist someday. This fall, Stefanie Nunic of New York will play college tennis at Boston University. Alana Marcu talks with Nunic about her decision.

Countdown: Wolf Decides Among Ivy Powers
Like any college-bound athlete in their final semester of school and final months of junior sport, Emily Wolf appears to be an excited, positive, somewhat relaxed, somewhat nervous teenager ready to embark on her long sought-after goal of playing for an Ivy League college tennis team. "After going on my recruiting trips and narrowing my choices down, Penn seemed like the best fit for me."

Weinhold Rolls to Girls 18 Nationals Title
In last year's Girls 18 Nationals, Ashley Weinhold of Spicewood, Texas was the runner up in both singles and doubles. "I'm hoping to win one more match this year," she said going into the tournament. She did just that - not dropping a set at this year's 2007 Girls 18 National Championship.

Girls' 18 Nationals Preview
Different courts, different site. Some familiar, some unaccustomed volunteers. Same directors, same returning top seeds and new, hungry players will go to California once again to compete in the Girls' 18 National Championship for the one desired US Open wild card.

Litvak Almost Harvard-bound
Harvard would have to wait as New York girl Lena Litvak made her debut at the 2006 US Open Junior Championship.

Girls' 18 Nationals Roundup
Alana Marcu returns with a wrap-up of the Girls' 18 National Championships from San Jose, California.

Girls' 18 Nationals Preview
Alana Marcu previews the Girls' 18 National Championships from San Jose, California.

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