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Off-court with Lorena Arias
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 02/25/2004
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Feb. 25, 2004

Q: What are your personal goal(s) this season?

A: "I want to make it to the NCAA tournament and I want to help my team make it to the NCAA tournament."

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Pullman?

A: "New Garden."

Q: How have you changed since your freshman year here?

A: "Tennis-wise, I'm stronger from all the physical work I have done the past four years. Otherwise I have become more tolerant of people I think."

Q: If you could play any other sport here what would it be and why?

A: "I think soccer, I like it and I would like to learn how to play. I think I could be a walk-on. I used to play in middle school and every time we had recreational conditioning I would play. I always played with my siblings too, especially my older brother."

Q: Who has the best sense of humor on the team?

A: "I'd have to say Nori, Nori Gaal. I think she has the best jokes and she always makes me laugh. I think we have a similar sense of humor."

Q: Have you ever had any embarrassing moments on the court?

A: "I've had a lot of embarrassing moments on the court. The thing that makes me the most embarrassed would be the fact that I've cried sometimes after matches that I've lost. It's something that I should not do and hopefully it doesn't happen again."

Q: If you could set up a dream tennis match, where would you be playing and who would it be against?

A: "I would be playing in Wimbledon against Steffi Graf."

Q: Who would win?

A: "She would win, I would give her the honor to beat me."

Q: How has Coach Hart helped the team this season?

A: "I think just by her being there, she gives a lot of support, has a great sense of humor and is very positive and constructive. She's a very optimistic person and has a lot of energy in her eyes and words. She makes practice more fun and more challenging. She's very consistent in the way she acts and very fair as a coach. She has given the team a lot of confidence. She's someone we can go and talk to, someone we can trust."

Q: What has been the most memorable moment for you in your WSU tennis career so far?

A: "I'd have to say my sophomore year when we were playing against Oregon and it was 3-0 and it came down to my match and I won. I had the opportunity to win the last match for my team and I did."

Q: A lot of your dual meets begin at 10 a.m., are you and all of your teammates morning people? Who's the grumpiest?

A: "It's not that she's not a morning person it just takes longer for Zorana (Roganovic) to wake up. She doesn't function well in the morning. I think we have all had to become morning people because we have to be awake, especially with practice. All of us would like to sleep in, we like sleeping."

Q: What are your plans after graduation with your degree in broadcast news?

A: "My goal with my major is to do documentaries for educational television. I'm minoring in human development and there are a lot of interesting social topics, like personal and emotional issues. People should hear about these problems. Issues like child abuse, spanking, and anorexia should be on television to educate rather than the stuff that is on TV now."

Q: If you could star on any TV show which one would you like to be on?

A: "Oprah. Or if I could just watch "Friends" live that would be great."

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