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Senior Jensyn Warren eyes the top spot in the country as the women’s tennis team opens their 2019 campaign.
Warren comes into the season as the number 15 ranked singles player in the country. She is entering her final season at Sonoma State and wants to make it one to remember.
Her background in tennis started when she was 7 years old. She said, “My dad introduced me to the sport and I grew up playing with him for the most part ever since. I obviously fell in love with the sport and played all four years through high school.”
After a very successful high school career, Warren came to Sonoma State to continue her development. While here at she has compiled over 75 wins in singles play.
She gives a lot of credit to her current and past coaches for her success. “Coming in as a freshman I had Jose who is now the men’s head coach. So I think those two years having Joaquin [Lopez] and Jose as coaches was amazing, those are probably the two best coaches I have ever had,” said Warren.
The humble Warren also praised the coaching staff for their guidance on and off the court. She said they have, “helped me so much with all aspects of tennis. Not just winning and losing but off the court as a person. They have helped me grow and mature into who I am today and I think my tennis is where it is at now because of them.”
Warren and the rest of the team have now completed their preseason play and are excited to get into regular season play. They have lost some players but the core of the team is as close as ever.
As this is her final season as a Seawolf she said, “It is a little different this year because we only have seven players but I’m really excited. I’m getting bittersweet feelings going into the season since it is my last one. It is going to be crazy leaving this whole atmosphere and leaving the coaches but I’m definitely excited.”
Coming in as a top-ranked player nationally is familiar territory for Warren and she looks to improve on her already strong ranking. She has been ranked in the top five in previous season’s and is hungry for the top spot. She said, “I definitely want to get to #1 in the nation by the end of the year. I think that it is a possibility and within arms reach.”
Warren is equally committed to moving the entire team forward as they hope to become ranked. She has clearly been able to lead on the court and as an established senior she is comfortable being the leader for the team. She said, “I have had to take the role of being the leader and trying to progress our team as much as I can. That has been hard at times but for the most part I really like it. I think the girls seem to like it so it has been good so far.”
She will be graduating with a degree in marketing and hopes to pursue a career professionally after her time at Sonoma State. While she has big plans for her future, Warren is more focused than ever on making her final season the best one yet.
The team will open the season against Mills on Friday, Feb. 8th. Their home opener will take place the next day on Saturday, Feb. 9th against Stanislaus State.
Those looking to challenge themselves physically while also building connections with fellow Seawolves should look no further than the intramural sports program here at SSU.
Intramural sports are able to provide an outlet for students to compete and play sports but in a more relaxed environment. Club sports require travel, practice and extended seasons. Intramural sports lets people enjoy the thrill of competition but in a more casual setting.
Dylan Moyer, who graduated from Sonoma State in 2018 said, “I had a great experience during my time with intramural sports. It is a great way to get some exercise all while having fun and meeting new people. Everybody wants to get one of those coveted championship t-shirts.”
The sports for this upcoming season are indoor soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Depending on registration, the program hopes to have leagues for men’s, women’s and co-ed teams. Last year they had over 40 teams participate.
They plan on offering Pro’s and Joe’s leagues for the different sports. The Pro’s league is a higher level of competition, catering to those who already have a strong background and skill set in that sport. The Joe’s league is designed for the more casual participant and welcomes all skill levels. Having these options ensures that all participants can find the right league for them.
The season fees range from $50-$70 per team. With teams typically being between 7-10 players, this fun comes at a very cost-effective price point. You are guaranteed 4 games, with the potential for 6 depending on how your team does in playoffs. With the low cost and short seasons, intramural sports makes it easy for students to commit, knowing they can continue to focus on their other obligations.
Team applications can be found and submitted at the rec center. These are due by January 30th and on the 31st there will be a managers meeting.
If you do not have a full team to apply, there is also space for you on the free agent list. Bobby Klarman, who works as the Intramural Sports Coordinator said, “If you are trying to look for a team, come in to see us and we will put you on the free agent’s list and we’ll see if we can get you placed on a team.” He added that, “if we get enough free agents we can put them together on a team.”
If you are not able to make this upcoming season work into your schedule you will have another chance later in the spring. The second season will get started after spring break.
Whether you want to compete in the pro’s division, try a sport for the first time or meet new people while getting exercise there is a home for you within intramural sports.
Clay Nordquist, who played intramural basketball for 3 years on both men’s and co-ed teams, said that intramural sports, “are a great experience and allows you to meet new people and compete in a sport you played or are interested in playing.”
He went on to say, “I would definitely recommend it to people new to the school because it’s a way to get yourself out there and get involved.”
For more information visit the SSU intramural sports website at: sonoma.edu/campusrec/intramurals
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