11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
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Hometown: Muscatine, Iowa
High School: Muscatine
I knew I wanted to go to a smaller college and play tennis. My brother, Lance, attended Central and really enjoyed it. I also knew I wanted to be at a college where there was a strong campus ministry and I definitely found it here. I’m thrilled with the Christian community and the many worship opportunities at Central and in Pella.
Who is your favorite professor and why?
I really liked having Professor Koza because she is warm, friendly and passionate about helping me become a better writer.
You are majoring in Business Management because…
In high school I had an astounding economics teacher and he inspired me to look at business in a different way. I chose this major because I thought it would complement some skills that I already had in place. I like to organize and plan, so I felt that business would be a good start and provide many opportunities.
What is your favorite Central memory?
I can’t choose just one, but the many star gazing trips and sunset viewings at Lake Red Rock with friends were always refreshing and worth it. Never pass up those kinds of adventures…even if it means bringing homework along.
What do you love most about being a member of the Central Dutch women’s tennis team?
The friends I have on the team are great! It is a pleasure to get to practice and play alongside such sweet girls.
What was it like to be the #1 singles player as a freshman?
It was definitely a lot of fun for me. I enjoy it when I have a good challenge and there is no doubt that is what I received playing the top players in the conference.
Favorite game to play in practice: fast hands or doubles overhead?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say doubles overhead because I set a goal for myself to crush as many tennis balls over peoples’ heads as I can.
What is your best tennis stroke (forehand, volley, serve, etc.)?
That depends. It seems that if one stroke is “on” a certain day then the other strokes are almost dormant, but my forehand probably has the most consistent presence, followed by my serve.
What is your favorite activity to do in your free time and why?
Playing music is a sure favorite. My sister and I like to write music and are always open to jamming with friends or hitting up a coffee shop to share some tunes.
Who is your favorite tennis player of all-time and why?
Strangely enough I don’t watch that much tennis—whoops. But I’ll go with Kim Clijsters because I like how important family is to her and I think it was amazing that she was still going strong even after having a child. Also, my instructor based a lot of my strokes off of hers because he felt that we had a similar style and athleticism.
What is one thing people do not know about Coach Tyler?
He and his wife are some of the most hospitable I know. The first night I was on Central campus, Coach Tyler had the whole team over to his house for dinner. And he is always interested in our lives beyond tennis.
Players who grunt: effective or annoying?
Both. It is annoyingly effective. At the state tournament in high school my friends and I could hear a player’s grunt from five courts down, but to be fair she was one of the most petite players, as well. I guessed it worked for her.
Who is one person, past or present, that you’d like to have lunch with and why?
Anna Bowser. Who could pass that up? She is just so stinking adorable.
“This season I hope that…”
We beat Coe. Enough said.
Bucket list (list items that you want to do/accomplish in your life)
Race an ostrich
Learn to play the banjo
See Coldplay in concert
Jump out of a plane
Unicycle and juggle at the same time
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