Q and A with Hornet of the Week Betsy Stipa
The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The 26th student-athlete selected this year is women's tennis senior Betsy Stipa.
Stipa recently led the Hornets to a 6-3 victory over Salem College on Sunday. The senior from Oak Hill, Virginia went 2-0 this past week at #2 singles, defeating Guilford College 0-6, 6-2, 6-1 and Salem College 7-6 (5), 7-5. She also teamed with Melissa Drinkard for an 8-3 victory at #1 singles against Salem to help bring home the 6-3 victory for Lynchburg.
You picked up an 8-3 win in doubles against Salem, but fought through a tough singles match. When a set goes to a tiebreaker, how do you stay focused knowing how important it can be to go up a set?
In tennis it's very important to not focus on the score or else you'll lose focus or make a stupid mistake, so for a tiebreaker or any major point I just tell myself to take it one point at a time, and focus on just hitting the ball back and in the court. The key is to never go for too much or you could risk losing easy points.
What is your favorite thing about Lynchburg tennis?
I absolutely love our team chemistry. Even though we're small it's so fun having a men's and women's team that is so close and fun to be with. Whether it's practice or a match, we're always supporting each other and also laughing constantly. Our team always puts me in a good mood.
What do you like most about Lynchburg College?
I like the fact that Lynchburg is small. That was one of the main reason I chose to come here for college. I can really engage myself in academics because of the small class sizes and as a senior and being Greek, I know practically everyone I see on campus which really makes me feel at home.
In your mind, what does it mean to be a student-athlete and how has Lynchburg helped you out?
A student athlete is someone who has put athletics further up in their priorities list.
In general, to be a student it takes hard work and time management, but when a student adds on another activity such as a sport, it takes even more time and energy to prioritize and get the work done. By no means does it make them better than any other student who might be involved in the drama department or works two jobs to keep finances in check. Lynchburg is a great help for any student who has multiple obligations; communication with professors and being able to alter work schedules has definitely been a huge help for me.