FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 54 University of Arkansas women’s tennis team begins its 2015 spring schedule Saturday, Jan. 17 with a home doubleheader against Wichita State and Mercer. In an effort to get to know the Razorback women’s tennis team, ArkansasRazorbacks.com will feature a student-athlete each day leading up to Jan. 17.
Today’s featured student-athlete is sophomore Nastassia Rubel.
Coming to Fayetteville by way of Minsk, Belarus, Rubel is in her first season competing with the Razorbacks. Prior to Arkansas, Rubel was a multiple-time member of the Belarus national team. She also competed heavily on the International Tennis Federation junior tour, owning a No. 188 world ranking while compiling a 55-32 singles record.
During the 2014 fall schedule, she tallied a 5-5 singles record. She finished 4-3 in doubles, pairing with junior Makenzie Craft for all seven doubles matches.
ArkansasRazorbacks.com recently sat down with Rubel.
Why did you decide to come to Arkansas? I liked the different programs the university here offered and the tennis team here is pretty good. I’m studying international studies and the education I’m receiving is really good.
What do you like to do outside of tennis? I like to dance and I like to read books a lot. Before I came here, I was going to an art school so I was painting a lot too.
What are you most looking forward to this season? I will do my best here to help reach our team’s goal of the NCAA Tournament.
What are three things you can’t live without? Food, my family and music.
If you could play doubles with anybody, who would it be and why? I just love my doubles partner, Makenzie (Craft) so I would still choose her.
Of all the training that goes into tennis, what do you like to do the most? It depends on my mood, each day is different and I like to switch.
Do you do anything in particular before a match? I’m trying to read books before the match because it helps me to focus.
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