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Meet the Athlete: Rachael Wallin

Rachael Wallin, a senior on the Albert Lea girls’ tennis team, stands Wednesday at the Albert Lea High School tennis courts. Wallin is the Tigers’ starter at No. 2 singles. - Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

Rachael Wallin, a senior on the Albert Lea girls’ tennis team, stands Wednesday at the Albert Lea High School tennis courts. Wallin is the Tigers’ starter at No. 2 singles. – Micah Bader/Albert Lea Tribune

A.L. senior enjoys being part of a team, on and off court 

Q: What grade are you in?

A: 12th grade.

 

Q: What town do you live in, and which school do you attend?

A: I live in Glenville, and I go to Albert Lea High School.

 

Q: Who is your immediate family?

A: My dad, Mike Wallin; step-mom, Jessi Wallin; and I have four sisters and two brothers: Kaci Wallin, Chevy Wallin, Mackenzie Monson, Paige Monson, Levi Monson and Kate Wallin.

 

Q: Which sports do you play?

A: Only tennis.

 

Q: What is your favorite part of playing tennis?

A: It’s a team sport. I like that, but also I can be independent by playing singles.

 

Q: What has it been like this season, notching two wins?

A: It’s really fun. Obviously, winning isn’t the most important, but it is fun to win.

 

Q: What has playing tennis taught you?

A: It’s taught me to be really honest because there’s no referees, so everything is on you.

 

Q: What’s your favorite sports memory?

A: We have a lot of fun off the courts. We hang out and do fun things. Other than skill level, the varsity players aren’t any different than the JV players. We’re all one big group.

 

Q: Which match are you looking forward to most this year?

A: I’m looking forward to the Big Nine Conference meet. I think we’ll do a lot better this year.

 

Q: How did you get started playing tennis?

A: In eighth grade, I just thought it would be fun. It turned out that I was pretty good at it, so I just stuck with it.

 

Q: What sports did your family members play?

A: My dad ran track, and my step-mom played soccer.

 

Q: What are your sports-related goals? 

A: My goals are to stay positive and keep playing hard no matter what the scores are.

 

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete? Why?

A: It’s pretty common, but I like Serena Williams. I like to watch her on TV because she’s really good. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be that good, but it’s fun to watch how good you could be if you did this your whole life.

 

Q: What are your college plans? 

A: I haven’t been accepted yet, but I want to go to the University of Minnesota in Rochester and major in health care to study genetics.

 

Q: What is your favorite school subject? 

A: History.

 

Q: What are your hobbies? 

A: I hang out with friends and family and babysit.

 

Q: What is your dream job?

A: My dream job is to be a nurse practitioner, but I’d also like to be a genetic counselor.

 

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

A: I love shoes.