After having one of the most decorated Duncan High School tennis careers, Alex Bowers finished a great collegiate career at Oklahoma Baptist University as a record holder for the Lady Bison tennis team.
During her four years on Bison Hill, Bowers recorded 70 singles wins, which is a record at OBU, was part of a team national title in 2017 and was the first team in school history to compete in postseason play in NCAA Division II level.
Bowers, a 2015 Duncan High School Graduate, was part of a two-time conference championship team and won several academic honors and individual conference and national honors.
Reflecting back on her collegiate career, Bowers said that her favorite memory was when they won the national championship. She felt honored to bring the title to Shawnee.
“My favorite memory of playing at OBU was when we on the National Christian College Championship my sophomore year,” Bowers said. “It was amazing to come together as a team and accomplish something that hadn’t ever been done before by OBU Tennis.”
At Duncan High School Bowers was coached by Duncan Tennis Coach Phil Barnes and she took several lessons from him into her career at Oklahoma Baptist.
“One lesson that Coach Barnes instilled in me while I played at Duncan was the importance of never giving up,” Bowers said. “Even when I was playing someone who I thought was “better” than me, he always made me believe that I had the potential to win. His coaching honestly prepared me to play at the NCAA Division II level more than anything else. The lessons he taught me stuck with me throughout college and helped me to go into matches with the confidence that I could win. During tough matches, I would remember his advice, and I believe that it helped me beat people I would otherwise have lost to.”
Bowers added that being the record holder at OBU was good but she was more proud of the teams accomplishments and noted that the individual wins were a way to help her team.
“It’s obviously a good feeling knowing that I currently hold the record for the most singles wins in OBU tennis, and it’s a rewarding feeling knowing that my hard work paid off,” Bowers said. “However, the accomplishments we made as a team meant a lot more to me than my personal wins. At the end of the day, individual wins are just a way to help the team potentially get a win.”
Bowers said representing Duncan and her family were the biggest reasons for the success in Shawnee and she thanked her parents for her collegiate career and her coach of two years at OBU.
“Over my four years of college tennis, they made an effort to come to the majority of my matches,” Bowers said. “They were a good support for me and the rest of my teammates, most of whom were international and didn’t have parents who could watch them. Knowing that I was representing both Duncan and Coach Barnes made me want to give my all every single match and never give up.”
Her freshman and sophomore coach in Peter McCorkle was also a big influence on her. Bowers appreciated everything he did to help her achieve her goals at OBU.
“He always stressed that tennis was not the most important thing, and he understood that we needed time for schoolwork as well,” Bowers said. “More than being a coach, he was a great mentor to myself and the rest of my teammates. He truly showed that he cared about each and every single one of us. Although he was only my coach for two years, I appreciated everything he did for the team.”
Graduating with honors in four years with an accounting degree, Bowers now works for an accounting firm in Oklahoma City after completing her career in Shawnee.