Dec. 2, 2011
Dana Shannon of Hazel Crest, Ill., will be one of two new additions to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee tennis team next fall. Shannon answered some questions about coming to Milwaukee and her game after signing her Intent to Enroll.
Tell us a little about the people you met on the team?
"When I first saw the ladies on the team, they all impressed me with how well they played, how hard they hit the ball and how clean their strokes were. When Coach McInerney introduced me I was a little nervous but they were all so welcoming and friendly that my nervousness slowly melted away. I got a chance to really talk with Maddy (Soule) and Christina (Colarossi) the most and the two of them were really nice and easy to talk to."
Tell us a little about your relationship with coach Sean McInerney?
"I believe Coach McInerney and I have a good relationship. Whenever I have questions for him, he's always available, and whenever he doesn't know an answer he always keeps his word in getting back to me as quickly as possible with the answer. After only a few months of getting to know him I can truly say I trust his judgment, his character and, from how strong the ladies' games look and a few conversations we've had, I know I can trust his coaching to get me to become a better player, as well."
Tell us a little about your game?
"My game involves a lot of big power shots. I have a big serve and a big forehand. With my athleticism, I am able to track down balls quickly and effectively. I'm a very versatile player. I can bang on the baseline but I also have a very strong net game, being able to react quickly to hit volleys when in the service court or when having to hit overheads. I like to take my time and exploit my opponents' weaknesses, then build on that with other tactics and strengths I have."
What are you hoping to study while at UWM?
What attracted you to the city of Milwaukee?
"I'm hoping to study chemistry at UWM. I have always taken a liking to math and science."
"I come from an area not too far away from Chicago. I've always loved the urban vibe and Milwaukee provides that feeling for me on a smaller scale. I have been in love with Evanston on the northside of Chicago for as long as I can remember and the UWM campus reminds me a lot of that area."
What are your goals for your freshman year?
"My goals for my freshman year are to tackle any challenge that comes my way. Be it academically or tennis-based, my goal is to excel. I want to be able aid in making Panther tennis grow even bigger and stronger. Along with that, I desire to learn a lot in my freshman classes and receive as high of a GPA as I can - hopefully a 3.8 or higher."