January 31, 2007

Up-Close with Kasey Mabe:

Banner Elk, NC--Next in our Up Close series: a freshman from Lawsonville, North Carolina, Kasey Mabe.

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

"I like the mountains and the community here."

2. How long have you been playing tennis?

"I have been playing since 6th grade, so this is my 7th year."

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

"When I made it through the first round at the ITA Regional Tournament during the fall season."

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

"My father. He always pushed me through everything."

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

"I run track and Lees-McRae also, so I would spend more time with that."

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

"I like to hang out and go places with my friends."

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

"I'm a Biology/Pre-Health Major and I plan to go to Med School. I'm not sure what I am going to specialize in yet."

8. What is your favorite band?

"Either Good Charlotte or the Red Hot Chili Peppers."

9. What is your favorite book?

"Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts."

10. What is your favorite food?

"Spaghetti."


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

"Barcelona. I've always wanted to go there."

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

"Self-motivated. I have always pushed myself through whatever comes along. I am my biggest motivator."


Kasey's Story…

Kasey Mabe, a Freshman from Lawsonville, North Carolina, is the daughter of Lala and David Mabe. Her first encounter with Lees-McRae College and Bobcat Athletics was through classmate and former Bobcat track runner, Jenny Hurd. Both a track star and tennis player, Mabe was originally recruited by LMC Track Coach, Scott Myers. It wasn't long until Coach Paul Goode learned that Mabe was also a tennis player and got in contact with the then high school senior. Shortly there after, Mabe visited the LMC campus on a day trip and met with both coaches. Kasey said what impressed with the coaching staff and the community of the college. She received a warm welcome and this first impression stuck. Mabe says that the small college atmosphere was appealing to her having come from a small high school, and the close-knit feel of the college added to this attraction. Mabe followed up her visit with early signings to both the Lady Bobcat Track and Field Team and the Tennis Team. Kasey says that it is the close community in combination with the great friends and teammates she has made at Lees-McRae that has really made her college experience great. She says she is happy here in Banner Elk and looks forward to what both the tennis and track season hold in store for her this spring.