By David Carter/GCU Club Sports Web Marketing Intern
Rarely does a GCU Club Sports student-athlete make the transition from the club level to NCAA.
In the case of GCU student-athlete Sabrina Boever, it was no mere coincidence. Boever, a junior majoring in accounting, played on the GCU Club Tennis team for a few semesters before making the major jump to the GCU NCAA Division I (D1) Women’s Tennis team.
“She is definitely the most polished girl on the team,” said GCU Club Tennis Head Coach Ed Prudhomme. “She is equal to two other men on the team with her extensive junior tennis background and playing at high-level academies. When you see her hit (the tennis ball), she looks like she is a D1 player.”
Prudhomme also didn’t have to look very far to contact the Lopes’ NCAA Tennis Coach about Boever – for a few reasons. First, the two share an office together on campus. Second, the last name on the office door is the same: Prudhomme. The NCAA coach is Ed’s brother, Greg, which helps facilitate not only a good relationship between coaches, but the players as well.
“She is welcomed and is being received very well from the team,” said Greg Prudhomme. “There is a good rapport between the intercollegiate team and the club team at GCU. We have always had club players come and watch us, and vice versa.”
When asked what helped her make the transition to the NCAA level, Boever did not hesitate.
“Club tennis has given me an outlet to improve my game and make a lot of great friends,” said Boever. “Playing in club tournaments has really motivated me to work hard as we have faced some tough competition. It has definitely opened up this opportunity for me.”
The club team will definitely miss out on having Boever on their team, since she’s helped the team have one of their most successful seasons to date, finishing fourth at both the Devil’s Classic in Tempe in November and Wildcat Classic in Tucson last month. She also helped secure the team a 6th place finish at this year’s sectional tournament.
The transition will be tough for Boever – both as she looks back at what she’ll miss…
“Definitely the people,” said Boever. “I made a lot of really great friends – people who have supported me and encouraged me all throughout my college experience thus far. I will miss the relationships that I have built.”
…and what she now has to adapt to.
“The transition is truly different for every player,” said Greg. “She is joining us a month into the semester. We don’t know what type of playing time she will get, but we are looking very forward to working with her and having her on the team.”
Regardless of how easy or difficult the transition will be, Greg sees a very strong attribute from his new charge.
“She is joining with a great attitude,” said Greg Prudhomme, ”We know that if she keeps working hard, she will be able to make that transition.”
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