Alyssa Floyd: Inter-Lakes Female Athlete of the Season

Published: 6/27/2018 9:30:13 PM

What was the biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it? The biggest obstacle our team faced this season was quite an unusual one. We had too many players and not enough coaches. Around 20 girls were on our squad this year, and we didn’t even have one coach for the team at the start of the season. Everyone was thrilled when we finally found a coach, and she’s the reason we were able to have the great season we did.

Who was the unsung hero of your team? We didn’t have only one true unsung hero this season. Our squad’s unsung heroes would be all the girls who weren’t placed in the top six to play matches, yet still came to support. Consistently they were there for us at our matches, traveling to other schools and supporting us at all times. I appreciate each and every one of them, and I’m excited to see everybody grow and improve in tennis.

If you could improve high school tennis in New Hampshire, what would you do? The one thing I feel high school tennis in New Hampshire is lacking is exposure and accessibility. In the more rural areas of the state, it’s difficult to find other players and tennis programs during the offseason in order to improve.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they? A sports superstition I have is that I always wear one particular necklace during my matches, I swear it gives me good luck somehow.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport? Unlike other sports that have referees, tennis in high school is based on honesty. The players call their shots in or out, and your opponent should always be given the benefit of the doubt.

Who on your team, coaches included, reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie? The best answer I could think of would probably be comparing my coach to Forrest Gump, just because she was always running around to check on everybody’s matches and ensured our season went smoothly. I was tempted to yell out “run, Coach, run!” multiple times throughout the season.

If life were a video game, what would some of the cheat codes be? If life were a video game, my main cheat code would be to face adversity. Wins are the fruits of success, but failures make these wins possible. In my tennis career, I have grown and become a better player not from my wins, but from my losses. They allow me to analyze my game, pinpoint my weaknesses, and focus on how to improve.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by? This may be a timeless thing, but the thing that’s popular now but people may look back on and be embarrassed by are their tattoos, especially if it’s the name of someone.

Where do you get your news? Occasionally I watch the news in the morning on TV, but I mostly hear of current events through notifications on my phone or social media.

What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made? The best purchase I’ve ever made was my first tennis racket freshman year. At the time I thought I’d try out tennis just for the fun of it, not knowing a $20 racket from Walmart would lead to my love of the sport.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? The most ridiculous fact I know would probably be that it’s illegal in Georgia to put an ice cream cone in your back pocket. I’d like to know the story of how that became a thing.

What’s invisible but you wish people could see? I would probably pick love as something that’s invisible but I wish people could see. Some days when people are feeling down, it would be nice for them to see just how much they are loved and appreciated. I consistently tell the most important people in my life that I love them, always trying to show how much I appreciate both them and their influences on my life.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why? I would definitely pick France as another country to attend school in. I love the French language and it’s simply a beautiful country.

If animals could talk, which would be the rudest? If animals could talk, seagulls would probably be the rudest. Those things are small but vicious when it comes to food.

What questions would you like to ask a time traveler from 200 years in the future? I’d probably ask a time traveler how my hometown of Sandwich looked two hundred years in the future. What’s so beautiful about the town is that it has retained the virtually untouched beauty of the forests and nature around it. I’d want to know that nothing had harmed that beauty.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do? I’d probably show tourists around town, visit the local cafe, swim at the beach and go on a few hikes. And no trip to Sandwich is complete without a visit to the Sandwich Creamery!

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done? This year we had a speaker come into school, and all the male teachers were invited to perform a quick dance on stage. They were all pretty good, then the vice principal blew everyone out of the water with a jump into a fantastic split! It was all people could talk about for the rest of the week.

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst? The worst thing about being a teen is definitely being stuck in that weird in-between stage of not being a child but not truly an adult either. Teens have more mature mindsets than younger children yet still don’t have the same liberties as an adult, which can be frustrating. On the other hand, the best thing about being a teen is the prospect of countless opportunities for the future. We live in an age where technology has made career and life experiences more accessible than ever before, and the world truly is our oyster.

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