By Rico Chow, '12
One of the hot Bronco sports to watch in 2012 is Santa Clara women's tennis. The team has a 6-2 record so far and has a three match winning-streak including victories against nationally-ranked No. 68 UC Davis, 4-3, and No. 65 Santa Barbara, 7-0. A junior on the team, Maggie McGeorge is one of the main contributors for Bronco's success. She won every doubles match that the Broncos won and defeated the past two opponents from the nationally-ranked teams in singles. In this interview, McGeorge talks about what playing tennis is like at Santa Clara and how team is progressing this season.
SCU: You received WCC Honorable Mention for doubles play with Kelley Lamble for the past two years. Can you describe what kind of player Lamble is compared to your ideal doubles partner?
MM: Kelly and I work really well together on the tennis court. We have played double together since our freshmen year and our tennis matches are very compatible. She is very consistent and I tend to go for more shots so we balance each other out.
SCU: You previously played soccer and volleyball while playing tennis in the Salpointe Catholic High School in Tuscon, Ariz. How are soccer and volleyball different from tennis?
MM: Tennis is an individual sport, but in college it is more team oriented. Tennis is also very mental. Being in a positive and confident mental state is crucial to achieve success. Soccer and volleyball are more physically challenging than mentally challenging.
SCU: You had a season-opening victory against Stephany Chang from the then-No. 7 ranked California with a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(7) record. What is important in a close tennis match like this and what led you to a win this match?
MM: When matches are this close, it is important to keep your focus and not play tentatively. It is so exciting that Cal Berkeley came to us to play. This in itself made me so motivated to win this match.
SCU: Who is your favorite tennis player and why?
MM: I really like watching Roger Federer because when he plays tennis it is so graceful. He makes it look so easy.
SCU: What would you like to accomplish this season?
MM: Our team set the goal of making it to the NCAA tournament this year. It will take a lot of hard work but we all believe we have a good chance to accomplish it.
SCU: The Santa Clara Broncos started the season with a national ranking and currently have 6-2 dual match record. How would you assess the beginning of the season so far?
MM: The beginning of the season has been great so far. Our team has improved significantly over the past couple of years and it's exciting to see how well we are doing. All of us are working really hard during practice and hopefully it will keep paying off during matches.
SCU: Any comments for the fans?
MM: Come watch us next weekend against San Francisco on Mar. 2 at 1 pm!!