TA teenager’s team triumphs in USA
Tahlia Walsh’s role instrumental in Bison’s historic breakthrough win
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.