Sara Myers recently completed an especially successful week of college tennis, part of a 9-0 start to her singles season for the Knoxville Catholic High School graduate (Class of 2017) and sophomore at Berry College (Rome, Georgia, NCAA Division III).
As a result, Myers was named Southern Athletic Association Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for early April.
Away from tennis, Myers has been equally successful while majoring in biochemistry and minoring in Spanish on a pre-med tract.
She was able to obtain an internship from the Costa Rican government last summer, teaching English while being completely immersed in the culture and language.
Meanwhile, Myers will be presenting at the American Crystallographic Association’s Annual Meeting this July in Cincinnati.
The meeting is the largest gathering of crystallographers in the world, and will give Sara an opportunity to showcase a synthetic crystal structure she discovered as part of her honors program project in biochemistry at Berry College.
Moreover, Myers will be studying at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, this fall.
Back on the court, “She’s physically talented,” said Clay Hightower, Berry Women’s Tennis head coach. “Very fit, very consistent.
“But I think her biggest strength is her approach to the game,” he added. “She takes practices seriously. Once she gets into the match, she’s very good strategically and mentally. She doesn’t lose focus. She chases every ball.”
As a result, “She kind of wears people down because they know she’s not going to miss,” Hightower said.
Playing No. 3 singles, Myers finished her “honor” week with a 3-0 record.
She also went undefeated in No. 2 doubles with teammate Sydney Stone for that week (7-2 overall as of early April).