March 20, 2008

Up Close & Personal with Shaun Sumner

Banner Elk, NC--Today we meet up with sophomore co-captain, Shaun Sumner, who hails from Burlington, NC. Sumner currently is riding on a four match winning streak heading into Friday's match against non-conference foe Tusculum College. Join us as we get to know this 2007 1st Team All-Conference player Up Close & Personal.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae? Paul Goode played the biggest role in my decision.

2. How long have you been playing tennis? I have been playing for nine years.

3. What are your personal goals for this season? I want to get 1st Team All Conference again.

4. What's your favorite Bobcat memory here at Lees-McRae so far? My favorite memory at LMC so far would have to be beating UNC-Asheville earlier this year.

5. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career? The most influential person on my athletic career would have to be Derek, my first coach.

6. If you weren't playing tennis, what other sport would you play? I would like to do triathlons.

7. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree? My major is Sport Management, and I want to coach college tennis.

8. What is your favorite part of being on the tennis team at Lees-McRae? I've gotten a lot stronger since I've been here.

9. What is your favorite book? My favorite book is Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert

10. If you could play in any of the Grand Slams (Australian, French, Wimbledon, U.S. Open) which one would you choose and why? The French Open because only the toughest, fittest players win that tournament.

11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? I would like to visit Australia.

12. What is one word that describes you and why? Competitive...I hate to lose at anything.

Shaun's Story … My name is Shaun Sumner, and I am the son of Phil and Diane Sumner. I have a younger brother, Stefan, who is 18. This is my third semester at LMC. I started at Gardner Webb University but left and found LMC through one of my hometown friends who played tennis here at the time. I won the 3-A State Championships in doubles my senior year, and finished top 50 in the Southern Region.