Florida Class 4A Girls Tennis State Champion Alizee Michaud has signed on to play for the Stetson women’s tennis team in 2014-15, as was announced by Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote on Thursday.
Michaud is a native of France, but calls Orlando home, where she attends Dr. Phillips High School. This past spring she won the Class 4A individual state championship with an undefeated singles season, and was named Florida High School Player of the Year.
Training in France for much of her childhood, Michaud became just the second Dr. Phillips player to win the state championship, and just the 12th girl from the Central Florida area to achieve the feat in the 75-year history of the tournament.
“To have Alizee commit to joining our program for 2014-15 is significant,” Pilote said. “I believe that she will do for our women’s tennis program what Marcus Echtler did for our men’s program in regards to receiving national recognition. Alizee is the first piece of an important recruiting year for us.”
Michaud, who has been ranked as high as 10th in the nation by tennisrecruiting.net, defeated two-time defending state champion Joulia Likhanskaia of Winter Park on her way to the state title. Likhanskaia hadn’t lost a high school match in three years before falling to Michaud twice in 2013.