In the Spotlight: Division III NCAA Singles Champions

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In_The_Spotlight_Logo_150ITA: In the Spotlight highlights two players from Emory University that have recently captured the NCAA Division III Singles Championship,  it marks the third time in NCAA DIII history that the men's and women's individual champion has come from the same school.  Lorne McManigle and Michael Goodwin are this week's outstanding players whom have taken time from their busy schedule to sit in on this week's ITA: In the Spotlight.




Lorne McManigle 
is a sophomore at Emory University and her hometown is Rockville, Maryland. She is ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA National Women's Singles Rankings and No. 19 in women's doubles with partner, Zahra Dawson.  McManigle recently captured the 2009 NCAA Division III Women's Singles Championship.  She is an ITA All-American and won the ITA Fall South/Southeast Regional.   

How has college tennis challenged you as a person? 
College tennis has taught me to manage my time efficiently.  There are so many different activities at school and only so much time to be involved in them.  Between academics, the tennis team, and socializing I have found it necessary to prioritize activities that are most important to me.

When is your favorite season to play tennis? What makes it so much better than the others?
I love playing tennis during our main spring season.  We play most of the top ranked schools, and ever match gives our team something new  to work on in practice.  I love the team competitions like the ITA National Team Indoor Championship, the Fab 5 and the UAA Tournament.  Every match brings our team closer together. 

Do you have any big plans for this summer?
I am an English and Creative Writing major at Emory.  This summer I am volunteering at a creative writing program for middle school children at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Hear.  Ill also be playing tennis over the summer to get ready for the fall season.

What does the NCAA Division III Championship mean to you and your team?
For us, the National Championship is our time to show how we've come throughout the year.  We work extremely hard during the fall and spring season to reach our potential as al team.  Doing well in the team championship is the ultimate reward for all of our hard work. 

Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
I don't have any pre-match rituals.  But I do enjoy a big cup of chocolate ice cream after a victory!

What is the best thing about playing for your University's team (Emory)?
Playing for Emory is such a blessing.  I could not have asked to be part of a better team.  My teammates and coaches are amazing and the support everyone shows one another is phenomenal.  Having the ability to represent your school is a great responsibility.  My favorite part about playing on the Emory team is cheering each other on until the very end of every match.



Michael Goodwin is a senior at Emory University and his hometown is also Rockville, Maryland.  He is currently ranked No. 1 in the Campbell/ITA National men's singles rankings and No. 1 in the men's doubles with his brother, Chris Goodwin.  Goodwin recently captured the 2009 NCAA Division III Singles Championship.  In his four-year career, he has earned nine ITA All-America honors. 

How has college tennis challenged you as a person?
 
College tennis has forced me to become a more balanced and organized individual.  Time management has never been one of my strong suits and college tennis has certainly necessitated that I budget my time wisely.  Probably more importantly it has challenged my motivation and taught me to persevere to try and excel in my sport even when I may not be as focused or motivated as I need to be.

When is your favorite season to play tennis? What makes it so much better than the others?
Spring tennis, particularly over the past four years has been by far my favorite season to play. There is no individual competition that can compare to the level of excitement and satisfaction that I gained in competing for my team in dual matches which were all spring, every spring.

Do you have any big plans for this summer?
My plans for the summer are up in the air at this point.  Hopefully I can keep playing some while looking for a "real job" in the meantime.

What does the NCAA Division III Championship mean to you and your team?
While winning the singles championship certainly means a great deal to me, the university,and I'm sure my teammates, the goal at the beginning of each season has always been to win the national team championship and winning that my freshman year and getting so close the next three years I think is really the best reflection of our team's accomplishment over the course of my career.

Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
As far as pre-match rituals go, I have never been one for superstitions.  That being said, I always seem to do better when I do a little bit of visualization and positive imaging before a match, so maybe there is something to be said for that.

What is the best thing about playing for your University's team (Emory)?
The best thing about playing for Emory has to be the camaraderie between teammates and of course coaches as well that comes with competing for a national championship each season.  That really is a unique bond through hard work that I'm sure will be difficult to replicate in any other venue.

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