Up Close & Personal with Jenny Siegel
July 24, 2003
Jenny Siegel is the only senior on the women's tennis team this year. She recently took time to discuss her role on the team this upcoming season as well as many other interesting facts, such as toast being her favorite food.
Q. What are your thoughts and feelings about being the only senior on the team next year and will you be taking on a new leadership role?
Jenny: It is going to be a lot different. There were four senior last year and because I came in as the only freshman my year, they adopted me as one of their class a little bit. It is almost like my class has left; everyone I started with is gone. So, it will be a lot different, but over the last two years I have built a good close bond with the girls on the team and I am excited for the new freshmen coming in.
I think that we all have our own roles that we play on the team and I don't think that my role is going to change a whole lot, just because I feel that we all lead in different ways and different people step up for different things. I feel like in a way it is just that we have lost four people and we all kind of take on big leadership roles.
Q. What made you decide you wanted to work this summer with the Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp and the Nike Camp?
Jenny: The last two summers I have worked the Nike Camp because my coach directs that, and it is a fun way to be with the kids out on the court and help out. It's a good summer job. The Bronco Kidz All Sports Camp is new for me this year. I was looking for a summer job where I could make a little money, but this seemed so cool because it was with a large group of kids and not just focused on one sport, but on everything and I thought I would try it and get involved.
Q. What made you decide you wanted to become involved in Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC)? What is the goal of the group?
Jenny: I was kind of taken under the wing of Pati Ruiz; she was involved in SALC. She brought me into the meetings and wanted me to be part of it. The goal is just to kind of unify student-athletes all across the board from different sports and give them a connection with the athletic administration and a way to voice their opinions and to come up with activities that they can all do together.
Last year I was co-public relations representative with Tina Lennox (women's crew). She and I would put together a news letter each month before the meetings, that would tell everyone the updates on all the sports, talk about upcoming events, and fun facts about the players, that kind of thing.
Q. Are you doing anything exciting this summer?
Jenny: I'm going home (Walla Walla, Wash.) a couple of times, which is exciting for me. I'm going to be doing a little traveling; I went to Texas a couple of weeks ago.
Q. What is one thing you are really looking forward to this coming school year, on and off the court?
Jenny: I think just maybe it all coming together. I have two friends coming home from abroad that are going to live in our house and we will all be there finally, so I am really excited about that. And then on the court, kind of seeing it all wrap up. I don't think my experience would be complete without the fourth year.
Q. Have you started thinking about what you are going to be doing after graduation yet?
Jenny: I've been working with a graphic designer doing stuff for sports teams and for some of the Pacific-10 schools and Santa Clara. It has been a great experience for me and I would like to see where that goes. I really like what I am getting to do. But, I really have no idea what I am going to be doing after graduation.
Q. Have you seen any good movies this summer?
Jenny: I saw "Pirates of the Caribbean". Johnny Depp was amazing; he was hilarious.
Q. What is your all-time favorite movie?
Jenny: I don't really have an all-time favorite movie, but I like "Zoolander."
Q. Do you have any pre-match rituals?
Jenny: No, I don't.
Q. Who has been the most influential person in your life?
Jenny: I would really have to say both of my parents combined. You always see them as a unit, but individually they both have been there and supportive of me all the way.
Q. Do you have a nickname?
Jenny: On the team it is LJ, short for Little Jenny.
Q. Tell me one thing most people don't know about you.
Jenny: My favorite food is toast. I can eat it anytime of day. I'd rather eat toast than anything else. I could finish a big meal and then after just say 'why didn't I just eat toast?'