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Cat’s Corner: Getting to know your Mean Green tennis seniors

Cat’s Corner: Getting to know your Mean Green tennis seniors

April 24
21:55 2013

Caitlyn Alvarado / Staff Writer

The Mean Green tennis team brought home its second consecutive Sun Belt Conference championship this weekend as it competed in Lafayette, La. The seniors of the team made their mark in the tournament. All three seniors had a singles point in the first match against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and in the finals match against Georgia State University, making up for 75 percent of the points.

What does it feel like to walk into a stadium filled completely with fans from the other team?

Ilona Serchenko, 2013 SBC Women’s All-Tournament team member: It’s exciting for them to cheer against you. You go in and want to prove to them you will beat them and quiet them down.

Valentina Starkova, 2013 SBC Women’s All-Tournament team member: At first it can be overwhelming if it’s a big crowd, you have to realize you play within yourself and not with the all the people. So don’t get mad just look at them and use it to play within yourself.

Barbora Vykydalova SBC Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Of course it doesn’t feel comfortable, but it’s motivating for you show everyone your better and prove all the fans wrong.

What is your biggest fear?

Serchenko: I am scared of big dogs. I was once chased by a big dog and since then I freak out when I see them.

Starkova: My biggest fear is not to get things done and being disorganized.

Vykydalova: I am scared of heights and not really anything else.

What would you say is your greatest achievement?

Serchenko: I think helping the team win the second championship is my biggest achievement, putting in my side and adding points to the team is something I am really proud of.

Starkova: I feel like my biggest achievement was being able to win two Sun Belt Conference championships with my team.

Vykydalova: I think in four years winning three Sun Belt championships and being named Most Outstanding Player my last year is really my greatest achievement.

What will you do after you graduate?

Serchenko: For one year I want to work at a resort and play just play tennis in the U.S.

Starkova: I am going to a year of work under my student visa and look for a job in tennis or try to play pro and just stay with tennis somehow.

Vykydalova: I graduate in December so I still have some to decide. I don’t know yet, but I will be ready when it comes.

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