Photos from Siena's men's and women's tennis sweep of Rider (9/28/13)
General: A very mature player, and a true student of the game...Possesses a comprehensive game, and knows how to "get up" mentally and handle any situation...Stays focused on the task at hand and never lets a few misses spoil her game...Competed in many USTA tournaments in high school gaining extensive match game experience...An ambitious player who takes her tennis and academics very seriously...A very loyal, nice, sincere teammate and a quality person who will contribute to Siena community in many ways.
At Siena:Went 6-6 in singles play as a freshman, including a 2-1 MAAC record and a 5-2 record at No. 5 and No. 6 singles...Posted a 3-8 doubles mark, playing No. 2 and No. 3 doubles...Won five straight singles matches from March 26-April 14...Defeated Loyola's Scarlett How 7-5 and 6-1, and Marist's Marielle Campbell 8-5 in the Red Foxes Fall Invitational.
Before Siena: Attended Kennebunk High School where she has been a Daniel Cardillo Scholarship Fund recipient since 2009...This scholarship funds are awarded to teenagers who show exculpatory dedication and passion to their sport, and do their personal best to reach their goals and dreams in their sport...The 2011 State of Maine singles high school champion (posted a perfect 18-0 record)...Reached the #2 state (Maine) ranking and #9 in USTA New England Section...Went 25-18 in USTA Tournament play between 2010 and 2011.
Personal: Started playing Tennis when she was four years old...Born May 22, 1994 in Kennebunk, Maine...The daughter of Lisa and Steve Varano of Kennebunk Maine. Has an older sister, Judith, and plans to major in Political Science.
Coach's Comments: "Maria is a quality person who will thrive and blossom in the Siena College environment."
Getting to Know Maria: Nickname: Mar One thing I wish people knew about me, but don't is: I am so excited to finally be a part of a team, because through high school I was always envious of my friends who played team sports. My favorite TV show is: Mad Men My favorite artist (musician) is: Dave Matthews Band If I could be on a reality TV Show it would be: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills My favorite athlete is: Kim Clijsters Why did you choose Siena?: The team was super welcoming and Coach Christodoulou made me feel like I was part of the team before I committed. My favorite professional sports team is: The Boston Celtics! If I didn't play tennis, I would: Spend way too much time on Pinterest My favorite website is:It's a tie between lillypulitzer.com and Pinterest Three words that describe me: Compassionate, Hard Working, and Outgoing If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to: Spain! If I could meet anyone in the world, it would be: John Hamm My favorite book is: Catcher in the Rye My favorite movie is: The Pursuit of Happiness My favorite ice cream is: Coffee Heath Bar If I had $10 million I would: Repay my parents, create a college fund for my nephew and travel.