Men’s TennisWould you rather play singles or doubles?
I really have no preference. I love playing both. They are totally different games and that is what makes them both so fun. In singles everything is in your control, which is nice, but in doubles you often have more fun because you don’t have all of the pressure on yourself.
Do you have a particular routine prior to serving the ball?
Yes, I do have a very particular routine before serving. I walk up to the line and bounce the ball with my racquet three times outside of the baseline and then three times with my hand inside the baseline. Then I am ready to hit my serve.
If you could play in any tennis tournament in the world, which one would it be?
I would definitely pick the U.S. Open. It is the biggest tennis event of the year and the atmosphere there is just crazy. It would be amazing to play in Arthur Ashe Stadium in front of thousands of people, especially during a night match. I can’t even imagine what that would feel like.
What has been the team’s biggest accomplishment this season?
We have had a very successful season so far, even though our record may not indicate it. We have been playing higher-level teams this year than we have in the past, so we have to take that into account. We had a very successful spring break trip, gaining a lot of experience, but I would have to say that our biggest accomplishment so far was crushing Ripon 9-0.
What has been your best tennis memory this season?
My best tennis memory this season was definitely spring break in Orlando. Everything about it was amazing, ranging from the tennis to Universal Studios. I felt that the team really came together throughout that trip and we are now one of the closest-knit groups of friends you could find. I will definitely remember this season forever.
What is the best thing about playing catcher?
I can’t think of just one thing, because I’ve always loved being the catcher. You get to wear all the gear, control what goes on on the field, BE LOUD, chat with the umpires, and probably best of all have that pitcher/catcher relationship.
What are your personal goals for the remainder of the season?
Well, we really only have one game left, but my biggest goal is to finish strong. I’m a little injured right now, and it’s been a pretty tough battle, so I just want to end knowing that I did all I could for the team.
How has being able to play college softball enhanced your college experience?
Being a part of the softball team has been one of the best parts of my Lawrence experience. We have such great team chemistry, and I’ve found those best friends that I just know I’ll never be able to forget about. I’ve also loved the competition and seeing the amount of success we have had. I’ve also been fortunate enough to learn so much from my older teammates, who always were willing to show me the ropes.
Do you have any superstitions?
Hahaha – well, if it’s appropriate I always have to wear black underwear on game days. Before the games I also always have to be showered. And most importantly, at the beginning of every inning I always have to give my pitchers knucks.
If you could pick one song to pump you up before a game, what would it be?
“Gimme Some Lovin.” It’s actually the song that I pump up to while the pitchers are warming up throwing. It just makes me think of high school – it was always “my song” that I loved to play in pep band. Just a great oldies song to bounce and sing a long with.