Senior Athlete Spotlight: Elena Preadca


Haley Smith, Contributor

Elena Preadca is a senior on the Tarleton State University Tennis team from Chisinau, Moldova. Moldova is a small Eastern Europen country located between Ukraine and Romania. After finishing high school, Preadca traveled to the United States and enrolled here at Tarleton State University. Preadca is one of the three players who was selected as one of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athletes for earning a GPA of 3.5 or higher. In Feb 2016, Preadca had a singles record of 12-6 and a double record of 14-7. In Sept 2016, she fell short the first match into the consolation bracket.

JTAC: “What made you want to play tennis?”

Preadca: “When I was younger my parents made me take up activities. So I took dancing, swimming, tennis and gymnastics. When I was six years old, I decided to pick tennis and ever since then, I played.”

JTAC: “What is your favorite memory from playing?”

Preadca: “Winning; it’s the best feeling in the world. Especially after it’s a difficult match and you give 100 percent. You give everything and you win.”

JTAC: “What’s your favorite thing to do in your free-time?”

Preadca: “I like to spend time with my friends and family. Unfortunately, I am away from my family so I just talk to them for now. I usually spend my free-time with friends, or I read a book.”

JTAC: “What are your plans for after graduation?”

Preadca: “I think I want to get my master’s degree, so I will start looking at schools later, although I don’t know what I want to study yet.”

JTAC: “If you could change one thing about your experience would you? And what would you change?”

Preadca: “I would not change anything.”

JTAC: “What accomplishments have you achieved up to this point?”

Preadca: “The whole experience here is an accomplishment to me. I became so much more mature, especially when playing tennis and being on a team. One of the best things here is being able to work with others, I can work with other people now and with a team. That is very important because that is how I learned to be the way I am now.

JTAC: “How do you prepare for a match?”

Preadca: “I don’t have a routine. I just try to focus, along with being positive. I prepare to give 100 percent!”

JTAC: “Finally, for fun, what’s your favorite color?”

Preadca: “Purple; its been my favorite color since I was a child.”