My name is Sarah Cheverie, I am 18 years old and I am currently a student athlete at Montana State University in Bozeman. I started going to school at MSU the fall of 2017 after being a part of the High Performance team at ATC.
Since starting to play tennis for MSU I have noticed a few differences between playing on this team and playing at ATC. One major difference for me is that in college, tennis really becomes a team sport. We never compete against each other in tournaments, which means that we can really get into cheering for each other. That’s another thing that’s different; tournaments.
Tournaments aren’t quiet. We are encouraged by our coaches to be loud and help our team mates out! In college tennis, coaches are not only allowed on the courts for matches, but they can coach. They can tell us whatever they want, whether it be technical or specific to our opponent such as, “hit a kick serve to their backhand.” I think that this is so beneficial because our coaches can help us see things that, in the heat of the match, we can’t.
Training at ATC definitely helped me to be ready for college play with the hours and intensity of the sessions. The coaches knew what I would need in order to be prepared. Of course, there are some things that you cannot predict, such as what your coach and team are like, and those are the kinds of things that you figure out along the way! I can’t wait to see how this season goes for us. Go Cats!
~ Sarah Cheverie