Athlete Profile: Vivian Daravong (12)

  1. If you have any, what are some of your pre-game routine? Pre-game meal?
  2. How long have you been playing this sport and what got you into it?
  3. What was something you got out of this sport?
  4. How has being part of the team change you?
  5. Role model/inspiration
  6. Biggest challenge?
  7. What pushed you past your limit?
  8. Memorable game?
  9. If this sport was gone, what other sport would you choose to play?
  10. Did you ever hit a breaking point during training or game? If so, how did you get out of it?
  11. How do you mentally prepare before the game?
  1. Before a game, I always cheer with my team “kia kaha!”-do your best- so I know we’ll do our best.
  2. I usually don’t have anything to eat before a game
  3. I’ve played tennis since freshmen year and I got into it since my aunt played it back in high school. She said it was super fun and that I should try it so I did.
  4. I got to learn leadership skills and teamwork out of it. Being apart in varsity especially taught me that there’s just so much more of team effort.
  5. Being apart of the team made me act for myself. Think for myself. Speak for myself. I was usually always just led around but being in tennis let me get out of that and start taking charge. Don’t really have a role model or inspiration. I admire great tennis players though.
  6. Biggest challenge was overcoming the pressure of keeping the undefeated league title for girl’s varsity tennis and playing well. And we’re still going strong with our five year undefeated streak.
  7. Back when I was a sophomore in JV and I realized that I didn’t want to be a JV bench warmer like how I was my freshmen year. That’s when I decided that I should start doing better and playing better. I was able to get out of the bench warming area.
  8. Most memorable game was my junior year. It was officially our last away game of the season and against our rivals, La Quinta. We managed to win and I was so happy that I got to be apart of getting varsity another year of undefeated.
  9. I wouldn’t play any other sport to be honest.
  10. During past summers, I remember the rough conditioning. It was super tough and I remembered I just wanted to not show up. But not showing u p wouldn’t be right for those who did come so I pulled myself together and dealt. Even though I went through a lot, I think conditioning helped the team bond more and be prepared for preseason and season schools.
  11. I just breathe., Breathing helps me calm down instead of just whacking a ball. Everything tends to slow down for a brief moment and that’s when I hit a good shot.