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Tennis player prefers the singles life
By Mariano Avila
Tricia Plaisier - click photo to enlarge image
Tricia Plaisier

Beginning her tennis career after her younger sister's desperate prodding while living in Puerto Rico, Tricia Plaisier saw tennis as something enjoyable to help pass the time.

"She dragged me to one of her lessons, and I just started to play," Plaisier said.

Since then, Plaisier has been keeping up her tennis skills playing both singles and doubles, preferring to stick to the singles court. "I like singles better than doubles; I've done it longer," said Plaisier who was 10-8 at no. 4 singles this spring for Calvin and 8-7 at no. 3 doubles.

From an enjoyable pastime to a full-time sport, Calvin tennis has played a huge role in Plaisier's life.

"It's a great time commitment. We start practice on Thanksgiving and we end in May. We practice Monday through Thursday for about two hours," Plaisier said.

The intensity of the time spent with her teammates and coaches has brought about some of the closest friendships that she has made during her stay at Calvin.

A senior in business communications, Plaisier has been playing tennis on the Calvin women's team since her freshman year. Hailing from Kalamazoo, Mich., and daughter of Calvin alumni, she made her choice to attend Calvin because of the strong reputation of a good Christian liberal arts education.

"It's close enough to home but far enough away," Plaisier said.

While the tennis team was one of Plaisier's most time consuming efforts at Calvin, her drive for excellence could also be seen academically.

"I love it, I'm really satisfied with my major," says Plaisier about her business communications major. "I want to get into the field of human resources and it's the subjects I like without having to take calculus."

Where this will lead Plaisier is yet uncertain. Initially, she is moving back to Kalamazoo to pursue a position with UPS in the customer service department. The possibility of graduate school is still an option, but for now Plaisier just wants to take a break from school.

One thing is for certain, Plaisier would like to continue on with her tennis playing.

"I would love to be able to coach if the opportunity presents itself. I'll probably play at a recreational level," said Plaisier. "I'll probably join an old lady league."

So what was the best thing about Calvin? "The best part of Calvin was playing tennis," said Plaisier. "I have really enjoyed being able to play at Calvin as well as the friendships I formed. I think tennis helped a lot, providing a format in which to meet people".

Her advice to freshmen: "At least try out for the teams. It is a lot of fun. It was probably one of the best decisions I made."

Overall, Calvin has been a pleasurable experience for Plaisier, both academically and in regards to tennis. Her four years here have seen her grow mentally, as well as emotionally and spiritually.

Said Plaisier: "I have matured a lot, at least I think I have. I have become stronger in my faith. It's given me a lot more confidence, academically and spiritually. When I came in I was nervous and not sure if I would make it. I begged my parents not to leave. Now, I'm ready. I'm ready to go."

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