“I don’t consider myself as a leader on the team,” said Sonoma State Universities women’s tennis freshman, Jensyn Warren.
This modest quote by Warren contradicts her performance throughout her first year with the Seawolves. During the season she emerged as one of the top players on the team, helping the unit to a scorching 7-0 start on the year. The streak is sure to be one her most memorable times of the season thus far. Specifically, Warren recounts the tough match between Academy of Art, longtime rival of the Seawolves.
“The deciding match came down to mine, and after the win my teammates ran out onto the court. It was such a great feeling. It was the first time we beat Academy in a long time,” said Warren.
Her teammate, sophomore Mariann Bukich, loves having Warren as a part of this year’s team.
“Jensyn has been a phenomenal addition to the team this year. Especially after last year’s finish, she brings intensity, talent and sportsmanship to a great group of girls,” said Bukich.
For her efforts during the bout, Warren was awarded PacWest Player of the Week honors.
“I felt really honored considering the fact that I am a freshman and I was given such a special award,” said Warren. “I hope that in the upcoming years I have the possibility to receive another award like this.”
Warren has especially had much success with doubles partner Jordyn Kearney. The pair proved themselves every time they step on the court
“I think doubles is my favorite match type because I love playing with Jordyn. We play really well together and it’s always good competition and a lot of fun,” said Warren.
The pair took the doubles title in the Dominican Fall Challenge, proving themselves a force to be reckoned with for the No. 24 nationally ranked Seawolves.
Like every great player, Warren struggles internally at times.
“The hardest aspect of the game is trying not to get down and negative towards myself after a bad point,” said Warren. “Keeping up good intensity and energy throughout the whole match is most challenging for me.”
Warren credits the team’s success this year to her teammates and coaches, Joaquin Lopez and Head Assistant Jose Hilla.
“Joaquin and Jose are like father figures to me. I trust them both so much and I feel like I can come to them with anything,” said Warren. “They’re the best coaches I’ve ever had. And everyone on my team is like a sister to me. We’re all super close and one big family.”
Warren’s humility, skill and determination are key components to an already promising future on Sonoma State’s women’s tennis team.
“I’m the only freshmen and the youngest on the team. But I hope to be more of a leader in the next three years,” said Warren.
Check out Warren and the rest of the women from Sonoma State’s tennis team as they push for a playoff run in the Pac West championship tournament Wednesday.