Senior Brock Ready to Get on the Court
Raleigh, N.C. - It comes as no surprise that senior Berkeley Brock is playing tennis for NC State. Tennis runs in the family. Her father, Adam, played at Virginia before going overseas to play professional tennis in Europe for a brief time. After coming back to the states he taught tennis at a local racquet club.
Brock’s father imparted his knowledge of tennis on not only her, but her twin brother as well.
“My brother and I starting playing with him when we were little,” Brock said. “I’ve been playing tournaments since I was 11, but I’ve been involved in tennis with my dad since I was four.”
When it came time to decide where to go to college, Brock had a plethora of choices. Not only was hometown Tennessee involved in recruiting her, but her dad’s old school as well. However when she visited NC State, she fell in love with what the program and university had to offer.
“I knew the ACC was the strongest tennis conference in the country, and I definitely wanted to stay in the southeast,” she said. “I went on a lot of visits, official and unofficial, and I really liked the coach, the team and the campus. It was just a good fit.”
One of the biggest reasons for Brock coming here was women’s tennis head coach Hans Olsen.
“He has a very distinct coaching style. He really likes to get to know the players and form relationships with them. I think he’s a great coach, and I wouldn’t want to be coached by anyone else.”
While Brock came to NC State to play tennis she is also receiving a quality education with a degree in communications/public relations. Even though most student-athletes don’t know what they want to do after college, Brock already has an idea.
“I want to coach tennis. I’m not sure if I want to do college level or one of the tennis academies that are all over the country. I would really love to do one of those two.”
With the fall season starting Brock is anxious to get on the court. As with past years, her goals are the same.
“I always want to improve on the previous year. Since my freshman year I’ve improved a lot in my results and my confidence.”
Even though last year was a disappointment, Brock’s expectations for the women’s tennis team are high this year.
“I think we are going to have a really solid team this year. We are a lot better than we have been the previous years. We have a lot of fresh talent. I have really high expectations as long as we can all stay healthy.”
With the senior leadership of Brock and Daria Petrovic, along with some fresh new faces, the women’s tennis team expects great things this year.
Some members of the team will be traveling to Charlottesville, Va. this weekend for the University of Virginia Invitational.