2013 Highlights: Competed in 10 matches…turned in victories over Purdue Calumet on March 30 at No. 1 doubles (8-6) and No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-2).
Fall 2012: Played #1 singles and #2 doubles
Spring 2012: Played #1 singles and #2doubles
Fall 2011: Played #2 singles, #2 doubles, and #1 doubles
Spring 2011: Played at the #3 singles, #3 doubles, and #2 doubles
Fall 2010: Played at the #3 and #5 singles position and #1, #2, and #3 doubles position.
Prior to Roosevelt: Has been playing tennis for 9 years…played tennis in high school all four years, 2 of which were on the varsity team…competed in the sectionals tournament junior and senior year of high school.
Personal: Birthdate: July 14, 1991…daughter of Marina Balan and Dave Lester…her high school tennis coach was Brenna Ohlson…her main influences in tennis are her parents who have always encouraged and supported her involvement in all sports, especially tennis and bowling…in the future, she hopes to work towards passing all of the actuary exams and work as an actuary in the Chicago area.
Favorite Quote: "In life we do things. Some we wish we had never done, some we wish we could replay a million times in our heads, but they all make us who we are. And in the end, those experiences shape every detail about us. If we were to reverse any of them, we wouldn't be at the exact place that we are today. So just live. Make mistakes, and have wonderful times but never ever second guess who you are, where you have been, and most importantly, where it is that you are going."
Favorite Athlete: Roger Federer
Favorite Sports Team: Cincinnati Reds
Favorite Movie: The Parent Trap
Favorite TV Show: NCIS
Top Three Songs on My iPod: "All Star" by Smash Mouth, "The Time of My Life" by David Cook, and "Just a Ride" by Jem.
Biggest Sports Thrill: Being the last one playing on the court in a deciding match
Best Memory at Roosevelt: Meeting all of my teammates and winning my first match
Dream Job: Work as an actuary in an office with an ocean view
Three Words that Describe Me: Determined, Hardworking, and Competitive
|Carina Balan||JR||5-4||Arlington Heights, Ill.||Hersey|
|Elizabeth Bartz||JR||5-2||Loves Park, Ill.||Belvidere North|
|Bri DeMaster||SO||New Baltimore, Mich.|
|Feven Haile||SO||5-1||Elgin, Ill.||South Elgin|
|Ernesta Ignotaite||JR||Kretinga, Lithuania||William Rainey Harper|
|Shaina Nolley||JR||Sellersburg, Ind.||Silver Creek|
|Danielle Smith||JR||5-6||Mokena, Ill.||Lincoln Way North|
|Christina Strong||FR||Newport News, VA||Denbign High School|
|Valerie Vasquez||JR||5-3||San Antonio, Texas||Communications Arts HS|