Cardinal Capsule: Lauren Kalvaria

May 10, 2002


Lauren Kalvaria

Sport: Women's Tennis
Year: Senior
Height: 5-4
Hometown: Indianalantic, Fla.
High School:Boca Raton Prep
Stanford Athletics Highlights: Currently ranked No. 4 in the nation in singles and owns a 20-6 record going into the NCAA Tournament ... She and fellow senior Gabriella Lastra are the top-ranked doubles pair in the country with a record of 24-2 ... Advanced to the NCAA Singles Tournament championship, falling to teammate Laura Granville in the final ... Was an ITA singles All-American in 2001 and a First Team All Pac-10 selection .... Won doubles titles with Lauren Barnikow in her junior season at the ITA Regional Championships, Pac-10 Indoor Championships and the ITA Indoor Championships.

The best part about being a Stanford athlete is:
Being part of an incredible winning tradition.


The Stanford tennis team will be fun to watch this year because:
We have a really good shot at defending our NCAA title and because NCAAs will be at home this year.


For me to improve as a player I need to:
Be able to channel my emotions in a more positive manner.


The thing I like about sports is:
Every match is an opportunity to play against a different style of player. You have to 'feel out' the opponent and decide what you need to do in order to beat that particular player. Each match presents different obstacles.


The most difficult opposing court to play on is:
UCLA-because it's windy, the crowd can get obnoxious and the courts are slanted!


Favorite professor:
Jose Gonzalez.


Favorite midnight snack:
Chocolate covered raisins.


What makes playing in the Taube Tennis Center so special:
Taube Tennis Center is the nicest outdoor facility in college tennis and I feel proud and honored to be able to practice and play here everyday. Opposing teams always take pictures after the match because it is such a beautiful facility.


If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:
Fish.


Favorite T.V. show:
C.S.I. (though I always seem to miss it).


My parents were right when they told me:
'Never give up or quit because things can change on a dime.'


Favorite website:
GoStanford of course!


I'd like to switch places for a day with:
Gabby Lastra (roommate and teammate), just to see things through her eyes for a day.


Most influential people in your life:
My Parents.


Favorite non-tennis activity:
Watching TV.


Earliest tennis memory:
Having my Dad toss me tennis balls at the University of Florida tennis courts at the age of 6.


My most prized possession is:
My two NCAA Championship rings.


If you were going on a road trip and could only take one cd, which one would you take:
'Beautiful Garbage' by Garbage.


The best advice I ever received was:
Figure out what you want to do on the court; what your strengths and weaknesses are and play your game according to them, making sure to maximize your strengths.


The current or former Stanford athletes I most enjoy watching perform:
Laura Granville or Gabby Lastra


Favorite actor:
Dean Cain.


Favorite actress:
Cameron Diaz.


Someplace that you have not been, but wish to visit:
Switzerland.


If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:
My dog, Shumba.


Since coming to Stanford I have learned:
That I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.


After my Stanford career is over, I'd like to be remembered as:
A great player that came through the 'college system' for all four years, got a great education and still managed to have a long and successful professional career.


Ten years from now I hope to be:
Happy and healthy.


Favorite Food:
Sushi.


Least Favorite Food:
Celery.


Favorite sport other than tennis:
Soccer.


If I won $1 million dollars, I would:
Invest it and put it towards my travel expenses for the next few years on the tour.


Something that most people do not know about me:
I was born in Cape Town, South Africa.


Advice that I would give to youngsters who want to play collegiate tennis:
Push through those difficult days when you really feel like giving up because those tough times are what make you stronger and better.


How did you spend last summer:
I took summer school at Stanford and played some tournaments.

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