Calvin Sports News
Skodinski shines on tennis court
By Lynn Bolt Rosendale
While going from playing No. 5 singles as a freshman to No. 2 singles as a sophomore would be considered a very good thing, there's also an element of challenge that is often overlooked, said Calvin sophomore Sally Skodindski.
showing improvement, but you're also playing against people who are
that much better," she said. "At the beginning of the season
it was kind of scary."
her fear was quickly replaced by confidence as she started posting wins
at both this position and No. 1 doubles. Skodinski entered the conference
tournament at 12-4 in both singles and doubles and 7-1 in MIAA competition
in both flights as well.
if this leap wasn't big enough for Skodinski, she first had to learn
how to play singles at all.
played all doubles in high school," she said. " I was first
team all-conference for three years and made the Indiana Coaches Team,
but always as part of a doubles pair."
a big change mentally," she said. "You have to realize that
you're out there on your own and you can't count on anyone else."
supportive teammates have been very helpful in that regard.
didn't expect the closeness and bonding I've experienced with this team,"
said Skodinski. "I love the team aspect here."
has very high expectations for herself and I think that as a freshman
the pressure got to her in a negative way," he said. "What
she really improved on this year was being able to channel her energy
in a positive direction on the court."
No. 1 requires a whole new level of mental and physical preparation,
she said. "You know that you are going to be playing the other
team's best player every time you step on the court. I would love to
step into that position and be a real leader on Calvin's team."
That includes the ability to let her faith shine as a representative of Calvin, she said. "I found that this is a great way for me to praise God with my talents," she said. "I can be a light by being honest and optimistic on the court and that's something that is really worth the extra effort."
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