• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 32 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 176 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles
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Riley Taylor

Senior, tennis

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Hometown: Tama, Iowa

High School: South Tama

Why Central?
I chose Central because I loved the campus and all of the opportunities it would provide as a student and athlete. 

Favorite Central memory
My favorite Central memories were made in my semester in Wales.  All of the trips we took and adventures we had will stay with me long after I graduate.

You’re majoring in psychology because…
I’m majoring in psychology because I love looking into how the mind functions and makes every person unique.

Your favorite professor and why
One of my favorite professors at Central was Ed Willis.  I took Gen. Psych with him and he really opened my eyes to psychology and all things that interest me in the field.

Why you love tennis
I love tennis simply because it is fun and I love the team.

Person past or present you’d like to have lunch with
I would love to have lunch with either Raphael Nadal, or King Edward I.

Best advice you’ve ever received from a coach
“The day I stop yelling at you to work harder is the day I stop believing you can improve.”

Favorite cartoon

What you like best about the tennis team
I think this group of girls has great cohesion.  We all get along and have a great time together.

Top travel destination
I would love to go back to Wales, or Hawaii.

The thing most people don’t know about Coach Steve Tyler
He has an adorable dog named George.

Best part of being the oldest sibling
No hand-me-downs.

Favorite part of practice
Our drill Fast Hands, which helps improve our net play.

Your first CD
Shania Twain’s Come on Over

Bucket list
Watch the finals of the Championships at Wimbledon
Adopt an animal from a shelter
Visit all 50 states

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