PEDIGREE: This week’s Pioneer Focus goes to freshman tennis player Asia Harris for her recognition as NCCAA’s (National Christian College Athletic Association) Student Athlete of the Week for her efforts in matches played Sept. 17 to 23. During the week of her acclamation, Harris contributed 3-0 in both singles and doubles matches.
At the Pioneer’s first match of the season against Geneva College, Harris started her career strong with 6-0 and 6-1 wins in her singles matches. At Wittenberg on Sept. 22, Harris lead the team as the sole double winner, contributing singles scores of 6-7, (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, for Malone’s 5-4 victory.
Get to know the freshman exercise science student from Cuyahoga Falls…
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: How did you get started playing tennis?
A: My parents thought it would be good to put me in a sport at the early age of 5.
Q: Who is your favorite tennis player?
A: Rafael Nadal.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: One of my best friends is a professional tennis player.
Q: What is the biggest difference between high school and college tennis?
A: A lot more traveling; we went to Michigan two weekends in a row!
Q: What is your favorite aspect of your sport?
A: In singles, you have no one else to depend on for winning and no one else to blame for losing.
Q: If you could have one song be the theme song to your life, which would it be?
A: “Clarity” by John Mayer.
Q: Who is your role model and why?
A: My mom. She has worked hard and succeeded through many difficult situations in her life.
Q: What are the best and worst parts of college athletics?
A: Best: my tennis girls! Worst: less time in the day for homework & studying.
Q: Favorite class at Malone so far?
A: Anatomy & Physiology (although it is probably my hardest as well.)
Q: Do you love, like or hate Wimbledon?
A: LOVE! One of my things to do before I die is to watch the pros at Wimbledon.
Kim Farkas is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.