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Athena Nathalia, High Performance bursar.

Top of tennis-Athena goes unbeaten in BUCS league and cup matches

High Performance Bursar Athena Nathalia finished the BUCS 2017-2018 season unbeaten in BUCS league and cup matches, contributing to the Women's 1st team 4th place finish in the BUCS National League.

On their way to a 4th place league finish the University of Exeter Women's 1st team enjoyed victories over Loughborough, Stirling and Bristol with their performance against Stirling being one of the most impressive as Stirling went on to finish as runners up in the league and winners of the BUCS Championship 2017-2018. The Exeter girls also performed incredibly well in the BUCS Championship Knockout Cup to make their way to a semi final clash against a very strong Durham outfit.

Within the BUCS league and cup matches this season Athena Nathalia, High Performance bursar, has had a stand out season remaining unbeaten. Athena has been part of the HPP programme throughout her time at Exeter and has finished her final year with her best season yet. Through her continuous commintment to the programme including S&C and on court tennis, she started the 2017/18 season with a great win over University of Bath number 1 ranked player Emma Hurst. That match set the standard for the rest of her season where she continued to perform and impress, going on a 13 match winning streak in singles, which lead her to being unbeaten in singles throughout the 2017/18 BUCS league season. As a result of her outstanding performance this season, she finished number 1 on the British University Leader board, which is an amazing achievement. Along with this, Athena paired up with Sofie Woon and got through to the semi-finals of BUCS Tennis Championships in the doubles competition. 

Reflecting on the University of Exeter Tennis Club season, and thinking ahead to the future, Athena comments, "I feel that this season has been quite successful for the Women's 1st team. We were so close to 3rd place in the Premier National League but fell short to Bath by 2 rubbers, which highlights just how competitive that league really is. The team has worked hard and showed exceptional team spirit. Our coaches have been willing to go above and beyond for all the player and have helped personally manage our training timetables to avoid clashes with classes. Without this support from the High Performance Programme, it would have been impossible to balance our academics and a high standard of tennis performance. For me this summer, I will have to be focused with my dissertation as I've almost finished my masters! I'll still train and try to improve my fitness, so once I have completed my studies I can get back into the intensive training in September, where i'll be looking to play some professional tennis torunaments in the UK and overseas".

University of Exeter Tennis club also celebrated BUCS Gold in the 2017-2018 season coutesy of the Men's 3rd team who saw off University of Cardiff men's 2nd team taking the win 10-2 and securing the title. Tennis one of the 9 focus sports at the University of Exeter and part of the High Performance Programme. All High Performance athletes have access to a comprehensive support services package including S&C, physio, workshops and performance lifestyle support as appropriate. 

Written by Hannah Barnes, Exeter College student.

Date: 3 May 2018

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