Precious Gbadamosi earned her first regional ranking
Jan. 7, 2014
The parents of Montana Grizzly tennis player Precious Gbadamosi congratulated their daughter, and assured her the recognition was well deserved. Very well deserved.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which ranks the top 20 players from 12 different regions across the country, lists Gbadamosi No. 13 in the Mountain Region -- an area spanning seven states and a portion of Arizona.
After a summer when she practiced, conditioned and weight-lifted more than 40 hours per week, the junior continued her impressive career last fall posting a 10-3 record.
"It takes a lot of work," she said. "I'm out there, in the sun, always trying to get better."
The recognition comes on the heels of a memorable fall campaign. Gbadamosi advanced to the round of 16 at the ITA regionals, made the championship at Rice's tournament and finished with a singles title at Cal State Northridge. She credits her teammates and head coach Steve Ascher for helping her continue to improve.
"My game mentally is better," she said. "We've worked so hard with Steve, since my freshman year to get my forehand to where it is now, and I think that was key to turn my game around."
Ascher says Gbadamosi does great under pressure, and continues to win close sets and tiebreakers.
"Above and beyond anything, everytime she steps on the court, she competes every moment." he said. "So there's always effort there in terms of competition.
"And she's learned how to win."
The Houston native boasts a 60-19 career match win-loss record.
"She hits a bigger ball, she goes for broke, if she makes a mistake she doesn't let it get to her externally," Ascher said. "And she's light and bubbly, and that kind of personality, she's kind of teflon coated."
The ITA releases rankings in January and June each year, and has ranked Montana players in the past four January polls. Gbadamosi joins Northern Arizona's Emelia Box as the only two Big Sky Conference players to crack the latest list of the Mountain Region's top 20.
"It's nice to see my work pay off," she added.
Montana junior Precious Gbadamosi earned a No. 13 ranking in the Mountain Region when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its January polls recently.
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