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Riley Reist, Tennis Player

by • March 6, 2012 • Archive, ProfilesComments (0)108

> AS TOLD TO OWEN FRIESEN> PHOTOGRAPH BYMAGGIE HUFFER >

> Playing number one singles as a freshman was pretty cool. I didn’t know what to expect so I could play freely and adjust to high school play.

> Last season we went to state as a team and came in second. Personally, I lost in the state semi-finals to a Center Grove player by one set.

> Next year you always go into the season looking toward state. Last season I only lost like four matches, so next season my goal is to lose less than that and when it comes time to play for state, lose less to win there.

> I am pushed by Marc Anderson. That man gets me jacked. He always pushes me to work as hard as I can.

> I left school two periods early everyday my freshman year. I just went and trained for four hours. Now I wake up around 4:50 a.m. or 5 two to three days a week and play in the morning.

> I’ve been told my style is most like Novak Djokovic. People say my stroke is similar to his and sometimes I try to mimic his style of play.

> At five years old my dad put a tennis racket in my hand. He used to play professionally and he taught me. He’s been my biggest support.

> Colleges have already started to talk to me. I’ve gotten emails from IU, LSU, Michigan State and TCU mostly.

> I placed second at the Midwest and made it to the 32nd round of the Claycourt Tournament.

> I love Kentucky basketball because I have two cousins that played there. Ryan Hogan and Kevin Greavy.

> Grind is a term I use to keep me motivated. I’m always grinding. I’d say the biggest grinders at NC are myself, Nolan Schlonoger and Timmy Evans.

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