Pictured above: Jessica Stevens.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA STEVENS, AMCC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Jessica Stevens, a freshman studying nursing, was named the AMCC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week for Oct. 1-7. Stevens also broke a school record this weekend for the women’s tennis program. She set a new single-season record for the most wins in singles with 12. Collegiate Review Staff Writer Sierra Snigier had the opportunity to interview this inspiring student-athlete.
Jessica Stevens, interviewed by Sierra Snigier
Q: How long have you been playing tennis?
A: I’ve been playing tennis since 8th grade.
Q: Do you play any other sports? Is tennis your favorite?
A: I also play basketball for Penn State University, Altoona Campus, but I like tennis more.
Q: What is your major? What made you decide to attend PSUA?
A: My major is nursing and I decided to come to Altoona because it’s close to home and they have a great nursing program with a good reputation.
Q: Are there any other clubs you are involved in?
A: I am involved with the Student Athletic Advisory Council.
Q: What was your favorite part of the tennis season?
A: My favorite part of the tennis season was getting to know all of my teammates and going to great restaurants.
Q: How does breaking a school record make you feel? Did you imagine you would break it as a first-year student?
A: Breaking the school record as a freshman to me is mind-blowing. I never thought I would’ve broken a record my first year, but I work hard in the offseason to get myself better and to the next level.
Q: Are there any special good-luck rituals you do before the matches?
A: Before matches, I don’t really have any special luck rituals. I just go out and play my game.
Q: Which do you prefer, singles or doubles?
A: I prefer singles because that is all I played in high school, so I have more experience in it. Although I do like doubles and the teamwork it takes to win.
Q: Any advice for aspiring athletes?
A: For aspiring athletes, my advice is to never give up and always set goals. Keep working toward your goal and don’t stop until you achieve them.
Q: What were some of your high school accomplishments?
A: I was a two-time District 6 AAA girls tennis singles champion and two-time state quarterfinalist for Pennsylvania. I also was a two-time Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Week for tennis.
Q: If you could play against any tennis superstar, who would it be?
A: Serena Williams.