Throughout the remainder of the Spring Semester, The Summit League is going to feature senior student-athletes that had their seasons cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. Various student-athletes from each of the league's member institutions from the sports of baseball, golf, softball, tennis and track and field will be featured during this campaign.
1. What is the earliest childhood memory you have of the sport you participatedin during college? Who do you credit for introducing you to the sport? Who sparked that passion for you?
"The earliest memory I have playing tennis is in second grade when my dad and I would hit tennis balls in a racquetball court against the wall at our gym. I credit my dad for introducing me to the sport and for sparking my passion for tennis. He was always my hitting partner growing up, and some of my favorite memories with him growing up were on the court."
2. What was your favorite on-field/on-court/on-track/on-course memory during your time as a Summit League student-athlete? What made it special?
"My favorite memory of competing as a Summit League student-athlete was our match against Oral Roberts my junior year. We were tied 3-3 and it came down to my singles match. I knew we needed to win that match to qualify for our conference tournament. The support and energy from my teammates was indescribable. Being able to pull out that match was very special, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without my team cheering on the sidelines. Looking back, that was a great year for our program – we advanced to the finals of the Summit League Conference tournament for the first time in school history."
3. What is the strangest superstition yourself or one of your collegiate teammates has?
"No one on our team had any strange superstitions that I'm aware of, but we played well when we had Panera before our matches."
4. Tell us about one person that has come into your life since beginning your collegiate athletics career and how they impacted your life? This could be a coach, teammate, administrator, trainer, etc… Take this opportunity to give them a shout out for what they've done for you.
"Coach Summit greatly impacted my collegiate tennis career. He was hired my first year of college, and he has been my coach for all four years of my college career. It's incredible where he's taken this program in such a short time. He genuinely cares about each one of us on the team and he wants us to be better people and players. He has built a strong team culture and mentality, and that will only fuel the success of this team in the future."
5. What will be your biggest takeaway from this current situation that you hope can better yourself and those around you?
"This current situation has been difficult to wrap my head around. It still doesn't feel like my time competing as a college athlete is over, but everything has to come to an end at some point. It has definitely taught me to enjoy every moment. It's so cliché, but you never really know when a moment will be your last. I'm passionate about personal development and doing the things I love. I'd tell anyone who is struggling during this time to find a new hobby or rediscover an old passion. Although many of our athletic careers were cut short, we have a lot to look forward to in the future."
Rapid Fire Responses
1. If you were an animal, what would you like to be? Quokka—some people say it's my spirit animal.
2. If you had one superpower, what would it be? Invisibility.
3. What's your favorite movie ever? Miracle.
4. If you could have lunch with one person alive or dead, who would it be? Julie Andrews.
5. What is one rule you would change in the sport that you play? Not clinching doubles when a team wins the doubles point.
6. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Mac and cheese.
7. What's your silliest fear? Butterflies.
8. Beach or Mountains? Beach.
9. Nickname given to you by teammates? Em.
10. If you had to be one cartoon character, which would you choose? Elastigirl.