January 29, 2007

Up-Close with Cameron Joyce:

Banner Elk, NC--Join us as we get to know a freshman from Lenoir, NC as we continue our Up Close series.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae?

"I really like the atmosphere and the people I met when I came here. The area is really pretty and I also liked how I would be on a personal level with my professors by going to school here."

2. How long have you been playing tennis?

"I have been playing since I was 6 years old."

3. What are your personal goals for this season?

"To become a better player all around. Not necessarily winning but doing the best I can, helping my teammates, and improving the team ranking."

4. What's your favorite tennis memory here at Lees-McRae so far?

"Spending time with all the girls and getting to know and play with them."

5. What is your favorite part of playing tennis here at Lees-McRae?

"Being able to show people how much I love the sport and being able to represent LMC."

6. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career?

"Probably my mom because she always was at all my soccer and tennis matches, and pushed me to do my best."

7. If you weren't playing tennis, what other sport would you play?

"I would play soccer here."

8. What is your favorite thing to do off the court?

"Hanging out with my friends and snowboarding."

9. What is your major and what do you plan to do with your degree?

"Communications. I want to move to a big city like Chicago and be a sportscaster."

10. If you could travel back in time to any point in history, where would you go?

"I would go back to when my Grandfather was alive. We were really close and he died when I was 6. I would love to get the chance to spend more time with him."

11. What is your favorite band?

"Rascal Flatts."

12. What is one word that describes you and why?

"Outgoing. I am up for anything and I like to meet new people and try new things."


Cameron's Story:

Cameron Joyce is a freshman from Lenoir, NC. Daughter of Jeff and Julie Joyce, Cameron has been playing tennis since she was 6 years old. She was first introduced to Lees-McRae College through her friend and now fellow Bobcat, Megan Hall. An avid soccer player as well as tennis fanatic, Joyce was asked by Megan to play goalie for her indoor soccer team for a tournament. LMC soccer coach, Rene Lopez, was at that tournament recruiting Megan and approached Cameron about playing as well. She told Lopez that she really wanted to play tennis and Lopez said she would be able to try-out for both. Cameron was put into contact with Coach Paul Goode and arranged a meeting with him at the country club in Lenoir that she played at. After seeing her hit, Coach Goode asked her to visit campus and meet the team. Joyce came to Banner Elk and spent one day with the soccer team and the other with Coach Goode and the tennis team. Cameron enjoyed her visit and felt good about all the people she met and the time they had to get to know each other. This experience sealed the deal for Cameron and the next thing she knew, she was in Banner Elk and a member of both the soccer and tennis teams. The challenge of playing two sports and keeping up with academics is immense, and so Joyce decided to choose between the two. She chose tennis but still remains close friends with the girls she got to know from the soccer team. Joyce says it is the relationships and friendship she has made since coming to Lees-McRae that keep her here and make her college experience as great as it is.