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Meet the 2010-2011 TennisCats
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 09, 2010
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Dec. 9, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. - Name Lacey Smyth Age: 18 Hometown: Oceanside, Calif. Major: Pre-Education Minor: Undecided

What got you started playing tennis?

My parents introduced me to the sport when I was little and I never wanted to play anything else. As soon as I started competing in tournaments, I knew tennis was the sport for me.

What brought you to U of A?

When I met Coach Vicky and Ryan the summer before my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to come here. I hadn't even seen the campus and I knew UA was the place for me. And when I took my official visit, my decision was solidified even more because of the beautiful campus, academic and athletic support, and amazing girls that make up the team.

What was going through your head before your first college match?

I was extremely nervous before my first college event because I didn't know how my game would match up against my opponents who have had a lot of experience at the Division 1 level. I ended up playing very well and Kim and I were especially excited to win the doubles event at Air Force. We were so nervous before the tournament because doubles is such an important element in college tennis, but we learned so much that weekend and had success as a result of it!

What is the biggest difference between college tennis and high school tennis?

College tennis is so much more challenging and competitive than high school tennis. Obviously the intensity is stronger and the level is higher. I am playing against a lot more international girls than I previously have and that is exciting. Playing against new people was something I looked forward to and I definitely have been able to do that so far.

What has it been like being a freshman on the U of A team?

At first, being a freshman was intimidating, but as I got to know my teammates better, I became a lot more comfortable and I feel like we all work well together as a team. I definitely look up to the older girls and I am thankful that they were so supportive when I first got here because I was so lost at the beginning of the semester! I wouldn't have survived without them, that's for sure!

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