This is when of my favorite mantras. Train like an athlete- performing great exercises with good form on a regular basis. Eat like a nutritionist- Eat foods with high nutritional value, and understanding cheat meals are ok. Sleep like a baby- sleep is important for muscle recovery and muscle memory. Win like a champion- win with grace and good sportsmanship.
As a sophomore, I became the top player and team captain. For the following three years, the team consisted mostly of beginner athletes, leaving the leadership role up to me. I relished the challenge.
I wanted to encourage and help my teammates develop their game while making the team experience fun for everyone. I was able to share my knowledge and passion, and suggest drills that I found effective when I was a novice. Although I was glad to suggest drills, sharing my personal experiences to help my teammates was even more effective.
I, along with many other tennis players, face self doubt, pressure, and more on the court that hinders match sucess. I recommend reading Jeff Greenwald's book The Best Tennis Of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies For Fearless Performance. His book not only helped my game, but made me realize my true love for the sport. His book helped me so much, and with my combined desire to help others, it inspired me to pursue a career in Sports Psychology. #NBScholarship
This was a very rewarding season for me. I was originally number 4 seed, but due to our number 1 girl having to sit out with back injuries, we all had to move up in rank to keep our team strong. At districts, I did lose my singles match. But, I can honestly say that I feel that it was the best I have ever played. I fought very hard and gave my opponent a hard time claiming the title of winner. In the end, I feel satisfied with my performance in singles and doubles, and I look forward to practicing this summer in preparation for joining a new tennis team. #NBScholarship
Following this past season, I was given several awards due to my desire to play. From Northern Lakes League, I was awarded with Third Team All NLL, The North West Ohio district awarded my sister Annsley and I with District Honorable Mention, and my coaches awarded me with the Most Dedicated Player award. I've been fortunate enough to enjoy this sport for several years, and to have had incredible opportunities. I love this sport, and I am incredibly excited to see if my hard work during the off season will pay off for my final season.
For the last three years, I've been an active participant in my school, both in the classroom and on the court. As I begin conditioning for my senior year, I've begun realizing that my life is going to change. Playing tennis has always been a massive part of my life -- I started when I was three years old. I soon became more serious, then got slightly burnt out, until high school. Once I began high school, my spark reignited, and tennis again became important and a massive part of my life. I am now three seasons in, and begining to condition with my team for my fourth and final year.
So today I accidentally pegged my doubles partner in the head with a serve. It is the week after spring break and I had not stepped on a tennis court in a week due to my missionary trip to Belize; so I was a little rusty. We warmed up and I thought I had easily avoided the repercussions of not playing for an entire week. But alas, my aim was slightly off and I ended up hitting my partner in the head three times in a set. Moral of the story is never spend long off of the court because there will be a loss of skill if not temporarily, permanently. #NBScholarship