TA teenager’s team tri­umphs in USA

Tahlia Walsh’s role in­stru­men­tal in Bi­son’s his­toric break­through win

Waipa Post - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

Te Awa­mutu teenager Tahlia Walsh played a key role in Ok­la­homa Bap­tist Univer­sity win­ning the Great Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence women’s ten­nis cham­pi­onship for the first time.

Tahlia’s Bi­son team beat South­east­ern Ok­la­homa State 5-2 in the fi­nal to cre­ate his­tory.

Part­nered by Madeleine Boep­ple, Tahlia won the No. 2 dou­bles 8-6 and cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 win over In­dia Shi­aelis in the No. 3 sin­gles to land OBU a 3-2 lead.

The well trav­elled ten­nis player from the Rose­town has al­most com­pleted two of four years of study for her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in health science and hu­man per­for­mance. She has ex­celled both on and off the court, pass­ing with As and has been given an aca­demic schol­ar­ship as well as sports.

Each week day she spends the morn­ing in lec­tures, about four hours. The af­ter­noons com­prise two to three hours of ten­nis train­ing and at least 30 min­utes fit­ness train­ing. She gets to play at least two com­pet­i­tive matches a week.

Tahlia says she is find­ing the life­style a lit­tle stress­ful and in­tense.

She was pleased her par­ents, Glenn and Jac­que­line, vis­ited her dur­ing her USA sum­mer break last month. It was also great catch­ing up with fel­low Te Awa­mutu ten­nis player Ash­ley Har­vey when their Univer­sity teams got to play each other.

“It was good to share notes with Ash­ley about our dif­fer­ent Unis. She at­tends a mil­i­tary one (US Air­force Academy) and has strin­gent train­ing in that area as well. The mil­i­tary uni livestreams their matches, so I got to watch some of our tie against them. All the matches played at the Mil­i­tary Univer­sity had um­pires, they also had elec­tronic score­boards with play­ers names and a large au­di­ence.”

Tahlia said her team found it in­ter­est­ing that not only did she know Ash­ley, she also knew three other mem­bers of the op­pos­ing team. They had met while liv­ing at the John New­combe Ten­nis Academy in Texas over last five years.


THE tri­umphant Bi­son women’s ten­nis team with their Great Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence win­ners tro­phy. Pic­tured third from right is team mem­ber Tahlia Walsh of Te Awa­mutu.


CHANCE meet­ing for Te Awa­mutu ten­nis play­ers Ash­ley Har­vey (left) and Tahlia Walsh when their re­spec­tive Univer­sity teams got to play each other in USA.

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