USTA Section: Mid-Atlantic
Gus Doner - Sophomore
Cameron Fite - Sophomore
Rina Fukuda - Freshman
Sarah Haase - Senior
Quentin Jenkins - Junior
Lauren Palmucci - Senior
Rodrigo Sarlo - Graduate
Matt Shepard - Graduate
Vicki Tran - Sophomore
Leydi Zora - Graduate
Teams Defeated: Maryland, Georgetown, George Mason, George Washington, James Madison
USTA.com: When did you discover that you had the talent to win as a team?
During tryouts, we were blown away by the talent levels of the new players. We knew that we had something special.
USTA.com: How does your team unwind after a day of matches?
We cram into a 10-12 person van and everyone except the driver goes to sleep. The silver lining for who has to drive is that they get to choose the music for the ride.
USTA.com: When you qualified, how did you celebrate?
The weekend when we qualified was Super Bowl weekend. Excited already, we drove back to campus in Blacksburg in time for kickoff and watched the Ravens win it all.
USTA.com: Tell us a bit about how your school is unique?
No other school combines school spirit, athletics -- both varsity and club -- and academics like Virginia Tech does. Each of us is proud to be a Hokie!
USTA.com: How does your team fundraise? Do you serve your local community in a meaningful way?
We distribute flyers for a local bookstore to students, as well as donating used tennis balls to local dog owners who choose to walk their dogs near the tennis courts.
USTA.com: If you were to list three specific things that need to happen in order to win a National Championship, they would be:
- Keep the ball in the court.
- Get as much rest as possible.
- Play well!
USTA.com: How do you exhibit school spirit?
We stream Virginia Tech football games on our cell phones if we have a match during a game, as it’s the school’s premier team and we’re very much a football school. The only sport we like more, naturally, is tennis.
USTA.com: Share with us a funny story about your team or team member(s).
During a recent scrimmage where we traveled to play the University of Georgia, two of our team members, Will and Cameron, got lost in Athens.
USTA.com Share with us an uplifting story about your team or team member(s).
The night before the finals of the Virginia Tech Fall Invitational, another one of our teammates, Gus, became very sick. Despite his illness, Gus managed to wake up by 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoo, and raced to the tennis courts to play mixed doubles. He then helped carry our team to a match tie-break, where we ultimately lost -- but each of us gained a lot of respect for a teammate that would battle through and defend home court.