What's your favorite thing about Carleton tennis?
My favorite part about Carleton tennis is being part of a team. The primary reason I chose to come to Carleton was to be a part of a team; out of all the activities I participate in, it's impossible to replicate the feeling you get from spending a lot of time playing tennis with 10 or so other girls. A close second place would have to be our awesome spring breaks with the men's team!
Does the team have any traditions?
After each team match we give out one singles award and one doubles award. They are not necessarily given to the team who won by the biggest margin but to those who played the best, improved the most upon previous performance, etc. This year our singles award was a big teddy bear and our doubles awards were ridiculous headbands. One or our newest traditions this year was started in our huddle before each match began, one of our seniors would have an inspirational, funny or motivating quote to say before we started playing.
What are you looking forward to for next season?
I'm really looking forward to having a great freshman class as well as having Luciano as our coach for the second year. A new coach always takes a bit of an adjustment, and I think our team did a really good job of that. I'm really excited to have a successful year, and I think the freshman and Luciano as a returning coach will really help that. My goal for the team is to come within the top 2 in the MIAC as well as improve upon our regional ranking.
Can you describe the personality of the team?
Our team is a really great conglomeration of girls from different social groups within Carleton, different backgrounds and different home states. I'm proud that we're one of the most diverse teams in the MIAC in terms of where our players come from. I think our team gets along so well because we come from different places and bring different things to the team. It's really nice within Carleton to have not just your normal friends, but your tennis friends as well.