Rees key to Lion success this season

Victoria Rees has been a key player on the tennis team throughout her career and looks to continue her success this season.

Senior Victoria Rees is taking the court for the fourth year as the No. 1 women’s tennis player at UNA.

A three-time all Gulf South Conference player, Rees rounded out her last season with 17 and five in singles.

Rees has been an asset to the women’s tennis team, and when she graduates from UNA, she will likely go down as one of the top three women’s tennis players to have ever played for the university, said head tennis coach Brice Bishop.

“She’s been very easy to coach,” Bishop said. “She’s very mature and extremely talented. Players like her don’t usually need or want much direction.”

Now, finishing out her last season with the tennis team and her final semester at UNA, Rees has certainly made a name for herself at the university.

Q: Tell the readers where you’re from, Victoria. Where did you grow up?

A:: “I’m from Cheltenham, England.”

Q: England? Wow. How did you end up in Florence? Was there any kind of culture shock?

A: “UNA is just where I was recruited to play. The culture shock hasn’t been too bad, but there was a little bit of a culture shock at first.”

Q: What was the most difficult thing to adjust to here?

A: “Not having any sidewalks. You have to have a car to live here.”

Q: So how long have you been playing tennis? What initially sparked your interest in the sport?

A: “I’ve been playing tennis for almost seven years now. When I was younger, my brothers were always playing on the tennis courts. I always wanted to copy what they were doing, so of course I wanted to play too.”

Q: How many brothers do you have? Are you the youngest?

A: “I am the youngest. I have three older brothers and an older sister too.”

Q. What’s your major? What do you plan to do after graduation?

A: “I’m a psychology major. I’m going back to England after graduation, but I want to travel.”

Q: Did you set any goals for yourself this season?

A: “Not really. I guess just to play well and keep it simple.”

Q: What’s your favorite memory that you’ve made at UNA?

A: “I have no idea (laughs). Probably just times with friends. Those times when the sides of your mouth start to hurt because you’re laughing and smiling so much.”

Q: If someone was going to make a movie about your life, who would you want to play the part of you?

A: “Kate Winslet, maybe. If she was younger.”

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do youhave a favorite band?

A: “I listen to a lot of classic rock. I don’t really have a favorite band, but I can always listen to the Beatles, so I guess they’re a safe option.”