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July 6, 2012

During the off-season, members of the Pitt women's tennis team will participate in a short question and answer series. The squad will reflect some of their favorite things about being a Panther and why Pitt is the perfect place for them. The series begins with junior Taylor Washington.

Taylor Washington was named a team co-MVP after recording a career-high 33 wins in her first season as a starter in Pitt's lineup during the 2011-12 season. Hailing from St. Paul, Minn., Washington spent the year at No. 3 singles where she recorded a team-best 22 victories.

Q: What made Pitt the place for you?

A: I knew that Pitt had several majors that I could eventually choose from and I wasn't sure exactly what my course of study was going to be. I also liked that I had the opportunity to play tennis at a Division I University. The thing I like most about Pitt is that campus is part of the city. I also love the people, academic opportunities, athletics and overall excitement of the campus environment.

Q: What do you miss most about your home state of Minnesota?

A: What I miss most about Minnesota are all the lakes and the atmosphere of being around familiar faces - what we call "Minnesota nice." I also miss spending time with friends from high school.

Q: Your younger sister Amber will be attending and competing at St. John's next fall. How will it be to see her on a rival team?

A: It's going to be different playing on different teams. We've always played on the same team. There were times when we played each other in tournaments, but this will be different. We will only see each other once during the regular season now. It will also be interesting to see what happens if we play against each other in singles!

Q: What is your favorite Pitt sport to watch (other than tennis)?

A: I have always been a huge football fan, so my favorite sport to watch is football and I look forward to watching the team in the fall.

Q: How about your favorite place to eat on campus and the best hang-out spot in Oakland?

A: My favorite place to eat is definitely Chipotle. I could live on that for the rest of my life. I enjoy a lot of areas on campus. I spend most of my time with friends in South Oakland though.

Q: You are a legal studies and administration of justice major. Is it hard to balance school work and tennis?

A: After my first semester freshman year, I really had to settle down and focus on school work. I didn't realize the intensity of the season and how much we would travel. I didn't want to get behind on my work, so it forced me to learn how to balance having two majors and competing high in the lineup. I can be somewhat stress-free as a result.

Q: If you didn't play tennis, what sport would you want to play for Pitt?

A: As a football fan, I would love to one day have a chance to play competitively. However, my realistic option would be to play soccer.

Taylor Washington Discusses Some of Her Favorite Things About Being a Panther

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