Cavalier keeps her game sharp

Name: Kourtney Cavalier

School: Central Cambria

Age: 14

Grade: Freshman

Sport: Tennis

Athlete of the week achievement: She won the District 6 Class AA singles championship this past weekend with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Tyrone’s Ema Juleynova.

Season update: Central Cambria does not have a tennis team so Cavalier competes in matches as part of a United States Tennis Association travel team that plays in the Pittsburgh area.

Coach Jamie Taylor’s quote: “I think a lot of it has to do with her overall commitment to improve her game and play at such a high level. She tries to maintain that high level. Playing in the [district] tournament is one way she does that, and she tries to make sure she is in position to win matches. She has played competitively at the USTA level, which keeps her sharp.”

Favorite teacher: Mr. Strittmatter

Favorite subject: U.S. History

Favorite movie: “Now You See Me”

Favorite food: Pasta with seafood

Favorite song: Bruno Mars

Outside interests: Softball

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite college team: Penn State

Pro athlete most admired: Maria Sharapova

Best athlete I ever played with: Heather Hendrickson

Best athlete I ever competed against: Altoona’s Lauren Lucas

Most influential person on my athletic career: My coach, Jamie Taylor, and my parents, Kim and Joe

Proudest athletic achievement: Winning the District 6 Class AA tennis title.

How I got my start in tennis: I started when I was about 7 or 8 years old.

Future goal: To get a college scholarship for tennis.