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Posted January 16, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Xavier’s Jasper brings new perspective to ‘dedication’

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By Amy Boe, Xavier sophomore

CEDAR RAPIDS – After playing sophomore basketball as a freshman last year,  Xavier sophomore Allison Jasper has decided to give it up to play tennis.

“My heart just wasn’t in basketball,” Jasper said. “I’m doing tennis because I love it.”

Jasper was the No. 2 player on last year’s team but, in order to prepare for this spring, she is attending clinics at Elmcrest Country Club and playing tournaments on the weekends. She has her sights on something bigger this year – the state tournament.

This added effort will hopefully play a big factor in her performance this spring, Xavier Coach and Elmcrest Country Club tennis professional Lindsay Dunkirk said.

“I believe Allison will make her first appearance at state and will place at the top level if she continues to work hard on her game,” Dunkirk said.

Tennis is a game of agility, strong hand-and-eye coordination, speed and mental toughness.

Jasper not only has the physical ability, but she also has the right mental attitude. That’s just what she likes about tennis.

“I love that tennis is a mental and a physical sport,” she said. “I like getting inside my opponents head.”

Jasper not only has her head in the right place, but she also is a team player.

“Allison is a very confident person on and off the courts,” Dunkirk said. “Allison is humble and helpful to her teammates as well as her coach.”

All of these attributes could add up to a possibly monumental season this spring, with the possibility to achieve what she has worked so hard for.

Jasper definitely is someone to keep an eye out for in the 2013 season and in the future.

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