In her fourth and final year on Batavia’s varsity tennis team, Jenny Mizikar is keen on making history. Aside from wanting to help her team win its fourth conference title in as many years, head coach Brad Nelson says that Mizikar needs 21 wins this season to become the all-time career victory leader for the program. The incoming senior has a career record of 95-17 and was named to the All-State team last season.
Name: Jenny Mizikar
Age/year in school (incoming): 16/Senior
Position: 1st Doubles
How long have you played tennis? Nine years.
What do you love most about tennis?
Tennis is a sport I can play the rest of my life and I’ve been able to play people of all ages and abilities.
What are your goals for the upcoming season? How will you achieve them?
My goal is to be a part of the first senior class to win conference all four years at BHS. I would also like to qualify for state again and make it further than the past two years. I will try to achieve these goals by working hard at each practice and match and motivating my teammates to stay positive and be a team player.
How do you motivate yourself to train during the summer?
I love playing tennis in the summer because I have awesome coaches and friends that want me to do well and inspire me to become a better player while having fun.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
Although my parents don’t play tennis, they have supported me from day one and understand that it’s important to have a balance between tennis and my other activities.
If you didn’t play tennis, what would you be doing?
I’m sure I would be involved with a different sport because I love staying active and being part of a team.
What’s the best part about summer in Batavia?
Summers in Batavia always consist of bonfires with friends, swimming, watching movies and playing a lot of tennis.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
I was recently inspired by Sabine Lisicki [German tennis player] while watching Wimbledon where she beat Serena Williams and made it to the finals. Although she was injured in 2010, she fought back and trained hard to reach her goals.
How do you beat the heat during workouts?
I always make sure to bring a lot of water, Gatorade and a cold Frogg Toggs towel before I step on the court. I also feel that going to Hilton Head as a team during the summer helps train my body to take the heat here in Batavia better.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.” – Annette Funicello
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