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College tennis: Wilsonville alumna Alisha Hansen finishes career at Biola

The accountant-to-be grew into a leadership role for the Eagles.


Wins were sometimes hard to come by during Alisha Hansen’s college career.

The Biola women's tennis team went 15-73 overall, including 9-49 in the Golden State Athletic Conference, and won just one of its 41 matches against nationally ranked opponents during the Wilsonville High alumna’s four years at the Christian University in Southern California.

Hansen, though, demonstrated notable progress during her stint under longtime Eagles coach Dee Henry, climbing the ranks in singles play from No. 6 to No. 2 while also competing in 57 doubles matches.

“We did play some really hard teams, but that was a cool experience,” she said. “The thing about tennis is that, when you play people who are better than you, you play better. I wasn’t always winning, but I was playing incredible.”

Hansen was an immediate contributor for Biola, which competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, playing 12 singles and doubles matches as a freshman in 2010. She had a winning record of 5-3 in singles play that season, playing mostly in the No. 6 slot but finishing the campaign with a 6-0, 6-1 victory on the No. 2 court.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: BIOLA ATHLETICS - Alisha Hansen was a four-year singles and doubles player on the Biola women's tennis team.Nearly half of Hansen’s 22 career wins came during her sophomore season, when she posted six wins in doubles on courts 1-3 and four in singles on courts 4-6.

Perhaps the most frustrating year of Hansen’s collegiate career was 2012, when her only win in 29 total matches came in a 6-0, 6-0 singles sweep of Hope International’s Migella Sterlace-Accorsi.

“I love competing and winning, but tennis wasn’t just about winning or losing,” she said. “It was so much of a growing experience. It’s so mental, and you do grow so much from it. Winning’s not bad, but the way you act is so much more important. That was something I really learned in college.”

Although the Eagles struggled again in Hansen’s final season, the senior stepped into key roles. She wrapped up her career with 15-straight singles matches on the No. 2 court and partnered with Olivia Koelsch for four doubles victories, including a 9-7 thriller against Pacific.

Another highlight of Hansen’s senior campaign was a match in March against Pacific Lutheran, whose roster features fellow Wilsonville alumna Catherine Miolla.

Hansen fell in the No. 2 singles match and lost a close match at No. 2 doubles, while Miolla fell in her No. 5 singles match and won at No. 3 doubles. But Hansen’s team emerged with a 5-4 triumph at home.

“My last year, I was the only person who was a returner on the team,” Hansen said. “So it was basically me and a lot of freshmen. It was a really cool experience because I got to be the leader on the team. It was great for me to step up into that role.”

Hansen’s competitive tennis career is over, but the daughter of Brad and Vicki Hansen has been preparing for the future. She graduated from Biola with honors and earned a degree in business administration with a focus on accounting.

In October she’ll begin working in southern California for auditing services firm KPMG, which employed her as an intern last summer. She’s currently studying for the certified public accountant exam.

Hansen, who graduated from Wilsonville in 2009, was an OSAA state qualifier in singles as a junior after placing third at the district tournament. In her senior year with the Wildcats, she returned to the state tournament after joining Taylor Farrell to win a district doubles championship.

“That was awesome,” Hansen said. “That was the first time I had really played doubles. I just remember that it was really fun because I love being at the net.”

AT A GLANCE

 Alisha Hansen at Biola

  • 2010: 7-5 overall (5-3 in singles at Nos. 2-6; 2-2 in doubles at Nos. 2-3)
  • 2011: 10-21 overall (4-7 in singles at Nos. 4-6; 6-14 in doubles at Nos. 1-3)
  • 2012: 1-28 overall (1-15 in singles at Nos. 4-5; 0-13 in doubles at Nos. 1-3)
  • 2013: 4-36 overall (0-20 in singles at Nos. 2-3; 4-16 in doubles at Nos. 1-3)
  • Career: 22-90 (10-45 in singles at Nos. 2-6; 12-45 in doubles at Nos. 1-3)
  • Biola women's tennis

  • 2010: 9-13 (5-11 in the GSAC); 1-11 against nationally ranked opponents
  • 2011: 3-20 (2-14 in the GSAC); 0-11 against nationally ranked opponents
  • 2012: 1-22 (1-15 in the GSAC); 0-11 against nationally ranked opponents
  • 2013: 3-18 (1-9 in the GSAC); 0-7 against nationally ranked opponents
  • Total: 15-73 (9-49 in the GSAC); 1-40 against nationally ranked opponents


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