PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to junior tennis player Marie Konstan for her strong play and leadership to the Pioneers women’s tennis team this month.
In the last month, Konstan has been one of the catalysts for a resurgent Pioneer tennis squad. After starting 1-4 this season, the team has been able to raise their record to 7-6 by going 6-2 in the month of March.
The singles and doubles player from Westlake, Ohio has helped lead the charge back to above .500 with her play over the last month.
On the spring break trip to Hilton Head, S.C. Konstan, who usually plays fifth singles and third doubles, led the Pioneers to a 3-1 mark. In her six matches, three single and three doubles, she picked up five wins for the Pioneers. The only lost match was an 8-6 doubles match decision against Trine University.
For the month of March, Konstan has a cumulative record of 10-4 in all her matches, singles and doubles combined.
Get to know the nursing major Marie Konstan…
Q: Favorite food?
A: Pizza…but I am lactose intolerant.
Q: Love, Like or Hate Wimbledon?
Q: Favorite tennis player?
A: Novak Djokovic
Q: Something most people don’t know about you?
A: I play the harp.
Q: What is the thing you like most about your sport?
A: Playing with my teammates and I love that I have the opportunity to play college tennis.
Q: How, who and why did you play tennis when you were younger?
A: My dad played throughout his life and when I was younger he used to take me to the courts and he would teach me how to play tennis. He started my passion for the game, and that is when I began to take lessons.
Q: Who is your role model and why?
A: My parents have always been my role models. They have both taught me the importance of hard work and how to give my best in everything I do for Christ. They have given me so much support and I am so thankful and blessed to have them in my life.
Q: Favorite fast food outlet?
Q: Best and worst part of college athletics?
A: Best part of college athletics: My high school did not have a tennis program, so I never had the opportunity to be part of a team. I have really grown close to all the girls on the tennis team as we compete in our matches. They have become some of my best friends here at Malone.
The worst part about college athletics: The fact that it takes up a lot of time and it can be hard to manage homework, practice and matches.
Q: Least favorite rule at Malone?
A: Probably visitation hours.