Alba Garcia de Fitz played tennis for the Bruins from 2001-2004. During her four years at BU, she became one of the top players of the Division I era. She ranks in the top-10 in the Division I era in 12 categories including first in career conference singles winning percentage (.875), second in career singles winning percentage (.676), and third in career singles wins (48). The native of Colombia also helped the program earn 46 victories and two trips to the Atlantic Sun Tournament quarterfinals. Alba recently talked with BelmontBruins.com about her time at Belmont, tennis, and her family, which includes a new daughter.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I chose Belmont because it was a small school with great academics and an amazing coach. Before coming to Belmont I was in touch with Mark multiple times and he made it very easy for me to love Belmont even before I enrolled.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
It’s hard to only pick one good memory from my time at Belmont, but I’d have to say that I still remember my first road trip with the team. It was an experience like nothing else and I felt so lucky to have found such a great group of student athletes to be a part of. I felt loved and empowered by an amazing circle of women and the best coach. I also used to love our team practices we had at nights, it was always the highlight of my day to be able to train and practice with fun and talented athletes.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont and how?
I would have to say Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Betty Wiseman. She was our biggest fan, she was always ready to help in any way she could. Her office was always open whenever we needed advice and support.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I learned how to be a good team player. I chose to play tennis because it was a sport in which you can always count on your own abilities and talent to succeed without having to depend on anyone else. Playing as a team at Belmont taught me that even though you play your singles match, you still have to count on the rest of your team to win. Many times, my team counted on me and it felt honored to be able to deliver and give my team that singles or doubles match that we needed to win. It was amazing feeling my team’s support and also cheering and encouraging my teammates during difficult matches and games.
What advice would you give to current members of the tennis team?
I would say to enjoy every match and every trip you take. I used to love playing at home and feeling the support and love from our school during our matches but I also loved playing away at other schools when it was just our small team against an entire school. Road trips could get hard, but they were also the most fun and Mark was always so patient when things got rowdy and loud.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor was Dr. John Gonas. He has been by far the best and most knowledgeable professor I’ve had. He had a way of engaging students to help them not just learn but to enjoy the process of learning itself. He made a Finance class fun and informative. It can be hard to find professors who are engaged and want to see their students succeed and not just teach a class and walk out.
Where do you live now?
I live south of Nashville in Spring Hill, TN.
Who is your employer?
I work for FIS Global as an Implementation and Project Lead. We implement online payment solutions for city and state governments.
Tell us about your family.
I’ve been married to Ezra Fitz for close to 9 years. He ran track and cross country at Princeton and now writes and translates books from Spanish to English. Last year we were blessed with a beautiful daughter who we named Catalina Lucia Fitz Garcia in honor of Ezra’s sister Caitlin Fitz and my late aunt Martha Garcia who passed away two years ago from breast cancer. Ezra likes to think that our daughter will be going to Princeton one day but I might convince her to stay close to home and go to Belmont.