Joining the OU women’s tennis team is freshman Morgan Chumney. Morgan hails from Fort Mill, S.C. and was the USTA’s South Carolina 2011 Mark Hodgin Junior Sportsmanship Award recipient. She is majoring in business and hopes to get involved in some aspect of marketing.
How does it feel knowing you're an athlete at one of the top universities in the nation?
Morgan Chumney: “It is a pretty awesome feeling knowing that the hard work I put in has now paid off. To be playing for the University of Oklahoma, Division 1 athletics, and in the Big 12 is such a reward and honor.”
Why did you choose OU over other schools?
MC: “Oklahoma was my last official visit of four. Immediately, when I saw campus, met the coaches, staff and players, it was very clear to me that this is where I saw myself coming to school.”
What are your hopes and expectations for yourself this year?
MC: “I want to keep improving each day individually so that my effort can help the team meet goals we have set for ourselves.”
Why and when did you start playing tennis?
MC: “I started playing tennis for fun at the age of 4 and then decided that I really wanted to play tennis above all other sports at the age of 8. I absolutely love the competitive nature of the sport.”
What is your favorite memory from playing tennis?
MC: “I have many memories from playing tennis, but my favorite memories have been traveling to tournaments with my family.”
What is one of your favorite things about OU?
MC: “No doubt about it… Headington Hall! It’s great having other athletes around and great food in the caf.”
Since you're from South Carolina, how have you adjusted to being so far away from home?
MC: “I am still adjusting to the transition, but my teammates, my coaches and other athletes have made the move better than what I expected.”
What has been the most difficult transition from high school to college tennis?
MC: “The amount of training and conditioning is the hardest transition, but I have already noticed an improvement in my game and stamina. My first ice bath was a shocking transition too!”
Who is your tennis idol/role model?
MC: "Kim Clijsters."
If you could play against any professional tennis player, male or female, who would it be and why?
MC: "Serena Williams, to see if I could return her serve."
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
MC: "A professional tennis player."
If you hadn't come to OU where would you have gone instead?
MC: "Instead of here, I would have gone to the University of Alabama because my family has always been huge Alabama fans and my sister is a sophomore there."
What is a motto you live by?
MC: "The verse Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
What is your major and what do you want to do with your degree when you graduate?
MC: "My major is business; I want to be involved in some type of marketing."
What is something not many people know about you?
MC: "I love to cook."
What are your hobbies and interest?
MC: "Hanging out with friends and family, traveling, playing other sports for fun."
If you didn't play tennis, what sport would you want to play?
MC: "Volleyball. My height seems like it would be a good component for that sport."