Off the court with Sonya Subramaniam
This week, we met up with sophomore electrical and computer engineering major and varsity tennis player Sonya Subramaniam. Subramaniam had a stand-out fall tennis season.
Subramaniam came into the fall 2011 season after a summer full of hard work. She did not drop a doubles pro set all season, including her win in the Blue Draw singles at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regionals. In the regionals’ singles play, however, Subramaniam made it to the finals before falling to a player from Johns Hopkins.
Subramaniam loves being a part of the women’s tennis team — one of her favorite aspects is the camaraderie. “I love traveling. You get to spend a lot of time with everyone and get to know them really well,” she said. “Also, when it gets close in a match and our team cheers, it gets super intense.”
Her teammates also think highly of her. “She is a talented, dedicated, hardworking asset to the team,” said third-year architecture major Christina Brant.
“Our team does a lot of funny stuff,” Subramaniam said. “One of my favorites was training our coach to say my last name. It is during introductions when he introduces all of the players and the spots we would be playing. We consistently told coach to just sound the name out and to just roll with it. When he finally introduced me, he said, ‘Freshman Sonya Subram...I can’t.’ Now the team and coach just call me Submarine or Brown Bear.”
Subramaniam has high hopes for the team in the spring. “We have a lot of good freshmen and a sophomore transfer student. Everyone worked hard in the fall, and we had solid performances all around,” she said. “If we keep up the hard work, we can hope to win indoor nationals when we return in the spring and eventually kick some butt at NCAAs.”
After completeing her degree and finishing the tennis season, Subramaniam has some ideas in mind about her future. “I would like to move to California and work for Apple,” she said.