Tigers’ Delozier picks Milligan College

PFHS 1-seed is school’s 1st tennis signee
Mar. 09, 2013 @ 11:52 AM

After four years of hard work, PFHS senior Alex Delozier will be playing tennis as a Milligan Buffalo next year.

Delozier made his college decision official Monday afternoon, becoming the first offical tennis signee for Pigeon Forge High School.

The signing experience was a great one for Delozier. “I’ve always wanted to pursue and play college tennis,” he said.

Reflecting on Alex’s years as a member of the Tiger tennis team, PFHS Coach John Griffis said that Delozier is one of the hardest working players the team has ever had.

“Alex has been a starter since he was a freshman,” Griffis said. “He started at No. 6 (seed on the team) as a freshman, and worked so hard for the next year that he took over the No. 1 spot, which he has held for three years now.”

Delozier has twice been All-District, and was the league’s MVP two seasons ago.

“He’s basically led our team to two-straight district titles,” Griffis said.

Last year he joined with the team’s second-seed, Garrett Byrd, to win the district and region doubles titles before finishing as runners-up at state.

From Delozier’s point of view, getting to play tennis with his friends was one of the best parts of his high school career.

“I loved how close some of me and my teammates were, especially Garrett (Byrd) and I,” he said.

Milligan’s third-year coach Ryan Reynolds is happy to have Alex joining the team next season.

Milligan has been “mediocre” in the past as far as where they fit in the conference, but Reynolds hopes to not only top the conference but to also make it to a national level.

He believes that Delozier will play a part in achieving that goal.

“(Alex) will, from what I see, make an impact as a freshman in the lineup,” Reynolds said. “I think that off the court, as well as on the court, he’s going to be a factor.”

“We’re real proud to see him go there and get a shot,” Griffis said.