Student-Athlete of the Week

Jan. 30, 2012

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week

Jessica Parizher

What got you interested in tennis?
My dad was the one that got me interested in tennis. He would always play tennis with me and it became something fun we did together.

How long have you been competing?
I've been competing in tennis since I was seven years old.

What made you choose UW?
The team and coaching staff were great and I really felt like it was a good fit for me.

Who is your support? And how do they help you?
My support comes through my dad and aunt; they have supported me my entire life and continue to do so. They listen to all my complaints and give me advice on everything that life throws at me. Also, I have three amazing best friends who are an important part of my support system as well. We have this fun group chat and we have constant communication.

How do college matches differ from high school ones?
College tennis is completely different than high school tennis. College tennis allows you to establish yourself as a new player and leave the past behind. The atmosphere in college matches is much more intense yet fun.

What are you studying at UW?
I'm studying pre-pharmacy.

How do you balance school and tennis?
I balance school and tennis by planning out everyday to make sure I have time for everything I need to do that day.

What is a typical day like for you?
I have weights on certain morning's, otherwise just class then practice. Then I just study and relax.

How does your team help you stay competitive?
Our team as a whole is extremely competitive. In practice we are always making sure to give a 100% in order to push each other to be better.

What season is the busiest for you?
Our spring season is the busiest season.

What do you look forward to in the upcoming years?
I look forward to growing in academics and athletics.

What goals do you wish to accomplish while competing at UW?
I want our team to win the conference this year and I ultimately want to break singles records for most matches won.