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Senior student-athletes reflect on careers

July 13, 2017

The Lady Techsters Jazmin Britos finished her career with 51 dual singles wins, which is third best in Tech women’s tennis history. – Photos courtesy of Donny Crowe

 

Dillon Nelson
Staff Reporter | djn005@latech.edu

 

Two international students will soon finish their undergraduate careers in America.

 

Jazmin Britos and Marta Sramkova face graduation after ending their final tennis season with a close 3-4 loss at the Conference USA Tournament. They have lately had opportunities to reflect on their Tech Tennis careers and look to the future.

 

Britos, a senior business administration major from Paraguay, said she felt incredibly accomplished at the end of her undergraduate career.

 

“These four years were amazing, and I’ve felt a lot of love from my coaches and teammates,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot about commitment and making a team work better.”

 

Britos said there were a number of freshman players on the team who truly began to improve throughout their first year. She said she believes these players are now at the point where they can really achieve their potential after their narrow loss in the Conference USA Tournament.

 

“We have new players and maybe they are still learning how to deal with the situation because there is a lot of pressure playing conference,” she said. “I think this tournament was a good experience for them, and they’ll do really well next year.”

 

Senior Marta Sramkova registered a career-best 13-11 dual singles record this spring, finishing the program with 39 dual single victories, which is the 10th most in program history.

Britos said though she does not know for certain how she wants to spend her post-undergraduate career, she has some ideas.

 

“I just applied for my OTP, which is an advocation to work for a year here in the United States, and eventually you can get a sponsorship for a work visa,” she said. “I want to work here for a year, and maybe next year go to Spain and find something there.”

 

Sramkova, a senior finance major from Slovakia, said she has started to reflect more on what she has learned on the team before she graduates on May 20.

 

“As I get closer and closer to graduation, I’ve been realizing more about what the team has given me,” she said. “I really have to say I now have really great time management and leadership skills being a team player, and it allowed me to be more determined and to get things done.”

 

Sramkova said she has learned from her fellow players and hopes they might learn something from her.

 

“I’m trying to give knowledge to the younger players, and just try to give them all the experience I have for them to become even better players,” she said. “I play doubles with Nadja Manjon. She’s from Spain, and this is a simple way for me to pass my skills on to other players and learn to step on the court and be a leader.”

 

Sramkova said though she is glad to graduate, she will miss playing for Tech.

 

“I’m very grateful, and it really gave me more than I could ever ask for,” she said. “These have been the best four years of my life.”

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