Finding her niche

For The Tribune

Hannah Haubry wanted to get involved in extracurricular activities her senior year at Trinity Lutheran, so she went out for cheerleading during the basketball season and is playing tennis this spring.

The senior attended Seymour High School her freshman and sophomore years and planned on swimming.

When Haubry sustained a shoulder injury, she was unable to continue to swim and she transferred to Trinity prior to her junior year.

She worked in both singles and doubles during preseason tennis practices and says she needs to work on her mental game.

“I think my favorite would probably be singles because I get frustrated sometimes when I lose a point and I would rather put the blame on myself than put the blame on someone else,” Haubry said.

Haubry said she played tennis with her friends in the past, but this is the first time she has played on an organized team.

“I really love my teammates,” she said. “We have a really good relationship. There is no drama on the team. The coach (Mark Voss) is really good about helping us improve on certain techniques, and having us serve with different serving drills and everything.

“I work on my serving during practice a lot. We usually have certain serving drills, and we’ll rotate between working on singles and doubles, and if you’re not doing a doubles match or a singles match you’re usually working on serving drills. On days that we don’t have practice I like to come to the courts with one of my friends and work on stuff.”

In matches, Haubry said she trusts her backhand more than she does her forehand.

“I think my backhand is one of my strengths,” Haubry said. “I get to the ball rather quickly. I like playing baseline.

“My backhand is much better than my forehand. I use a two-hand backhand. My forehand is a little weaker than my backhand because I serve, and my forehand is with my right arm and I tore my rotator cuff two years ago.

She recently played as a reserve in doubles at Southwestern (Hanover).

With a love for basketball, cheerleading was a natural fit for Haubry.

“I really like watching basketball so it gave me an easy way to get into basketball games,” Haubry said. “I liked the team atmosphere. We were all like a big family. I enjoyed getting out and performing in front of people.

“I really liked the home games because during home games we had a halftime routine we could perform and it usually got the crowd pretty pumped up. I really liked cheering at the away games. It was interesting to see all the different gyms.”

At a glance

Name: Hannah Haubry

School: Trinity Lutheran

Parents: Bob and Vivian Haubry

Sports: Tennis, one year; cheerleading, one year

Athletic highlights: Cheerleading — mental attitude award

Organizations: National Honor Society, student ambassador, choir

Plans after high school: Attend Purdue University, major in forestry

Favorite food: Pasta

Favorite TV show: “Reba”

Favorite singer: Alan Jackson

Favorite movie: “Remember The Titans”

Favorite team: Green Bay Packers

Q&A

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: “I want to get in the varsity lineup. My goal for the team is for us to win a few matches because last year we didn’t have a very good season. I think we have a really good lineup this year. We have a lot of girls that have a lot of potential.

“We’ve been working on figuring out who works well with who to be on doubles together. I think that’s a lot of the reason why we lost (the opening match at Austin).”

Q: What’s it like attending Trinity Lutheran?

A: “I’m very happy here. I like that it is a smaller atmosphere and the one-on-one time you get with teachers because if you don’t do so well on a certain test or something the teacher will pull you aside and help you out with it.”

Q: Why is important to spend time outside of matches on the court?

A:  “It’s really important to make sure you practice real hard when given the opportunity because it’s easy to lose those skills, like over spring break I could tell just that one week of not practicing. It made a difference of how I played, and it’s also important that you make sure you keep a positive attitude on days that you are not having a good day at school or something.”

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.