May 19, 2024

Claire Sullivan ’26 is from Springboro Ohio and went to Springboro High School, where she played first doubles. She is a three time district qualifier.

Bailee Lyons: How long have you played?  

Claire Sullivan: Since 7th grade. 

BL: What got you started playing?  

CS: My mom got me into the sport, but my grandparents and my aunt Jane pushed me to stick with it. 

BL: What is your major? 

CS: Environmental science with a marine science and biology minor.

BL: Are there any challenges with your major that may interfere with your sport?  

CS: While being a stem major, the workload is a lot with class, labs, and outside work, so time management is key. This fall I helped take care of the reptiles in the biology departments which was another thing that took time management.  

BL: What are you involved in outside of sports? 

CS: On campus, I am an RA, the Green Club secretary, and a reptile handler for the biology department.  

BL: Who would you say is the team’s biggest rival?  

CS: (laughing) I have no idea, our conference is really good, so every match is a battle. 

BL: Favorite part of Witt?  

CS: I love the community, by going to a small school you can make a lot of connections with so many people.  

BL: What is your main goal as a player during your career at Witt?  

CS: To create a team that supports each other. For tennis, it is hard since you play individually put your representing your team. If you have a team full of players who are close and encourage each other, they will cheer and support each other during hard matches.   

BL: If you did not play sport, what would you play instead? 

CS: Soccer, I played soccer for 7 years before I played tennis.

BL: What is your pregame ritual? 

CS: Braiding my hair while listening to music.  

BL: What is your pregame song?  

CS: “Run This Town” by Jay-Z and Rihanna or “Stolen Dance” by Milky Chance.

BL: What is your pregame meal?  

CS: Apples and peanut butter!

BL: Favorite part of practice  

CS: Doubles drill.   

BL: What is your favorite building on campus? 

CS: Barbara Kuss Science Center, since I spend most of my time there.  

BL: If you had one word to describe your team, what would it be?  

CS: Chaotic!

Thank you, Claire!

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