Jan. 9, 2009
By Mackenzie Altman
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - - With the spring season fast approaching the CSU women's tennis team is anxious to demonstrate its new, confident and strong singles and doubles lineup. A key player to watch this season is freshman Tori Arneson, who joined the Rams from Ogden High School in Utah.
During her career at Ogden, Arneson reached rankings as high as third in the state of Utah, fifth in the Intermountain Region and 201st nationally (United States Tennis Association). Arneson was a four-time regional champion and was named MVP of her team her senior year. Arneson brings to CSU a new fire and competitive drive, which will assist in achieving the Rams' goal of a national ranking.
Arneson took the time to sit down with CSURams.com to talk about the February spring season as well as some personal facts.
Arneson, 18, had a strong preseason showing. Proving herself as a top player for the Rams, she defeated teammate Lauren Mulhern to take second place in the overall second singles bracket at the BYU Invitational. Arneson also represented the Rams at the ITA Central Region championships, along with teammate Laura Neal. The duo finished the first day of competition with a combined 4-0 record in singles and doubles competition. Arneson finished the tournament with a 2-1 doubles record.
On the transition from playing high-school tennis to Division I
"At first the change in the level of competition was a bit of a shock but it's helped me to improve and now I've come to love college tennis."
On her personal strengths that she brings to the team
"I think maybe my willingness to play and my love of the game could help bring up the spirit during practice and matches. In terms of playing matches and the strengths in my game that I could contribute, it would probably be my speed on the court."
On adjusting to the altitude and to the bounce of the ball
"Yeah! The altitude does make the ball fly more but I am from Northern Utah and it is pretty close to the same in altitude as where I am from. So I am pretty used to it. But, yeah, you do have to adjust with the altitude."
On her transition into the culture of Colorado State University
"I love it. Everyone is really nice to each other and relaxed about life."
On her favorite tennis player who is her role model
"Maybe Justine Henin, Martina Hingis or Andre Agassi!"
On a quirky fact the people might not know about her
"Hmm...I'm not sure. Maybe that I used to speed skate. Not many people have done that, I guess. Once I won the Utah Winter Games in it. There were probably five kids in the race: Me, two of my friends and two other people (laughing). I had a little yellow speed-skating suit, speed skates and the whole deal. It was very intense!