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Kristie Linden | The Jeannette Spirit
Laura McCarthy, a senior, plans to continue playing tennis recreationally.
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Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Laura McCarthy, a senior tennis player for the Lady Jays, is a two-time athlete of the week honoree.

She began playing tennis last year after a friends asked her to join in a tennis practice.

“I was awful (the first time), but it was a good awful,” she said. “So, I kept at it.”

This season, her last as a Jayhawk, ended positively for McCarthy.

“It went well, I saw a big improvement in myself. We didn't get as many wins as we would have wished,” she said.

The team had a new coach this year, Doug Lawson, and McCarthy really enjoyed being part of his first season.

“He was an excellent coach overall. For his first year, he had it together and had us practicing and offered words of encouragement. I enjoyed him as a coach and I hope he continues as coach.”

She likes the competition tennis gives her and enjoys the entire concept of the game.

McCarthy sees tennis remaining a part of her life, either recreationally or as part of a college team.

After graduation in the spring, McCarthy plans to attend either Seton Hill or University of Pittsburgh to study pharmacy. She has received a scholarship to Seton Hill as part of the school's women in science program.

“I've always been interested in science and math. They don't bore me, thank goodness. In pharmacy, I would be helping people in a small way. I like the chemistry and math behind it. I learned while shadowing people that it's more than just filling pills in a bottle. There is much more variety than just that,” she said.

McCarthy understands it will be six years of school, but she has wanted to pursue this career for a very long time.

Her dream would be to find a job as a pharmacist in a hospital where she could find herself helping to make chemotherapy for patients.

For now, she is focused on her senior year of high school and has begun working part-time at McDonalds with the intention of saving up to buy a car before heading off to college.

She is the daughter of Jackie McCarthy and sister of Neil McCarthy.

“I would like to thank my mother for being supportive in dealing with the chaos of this year,” she said. “And I want to thank my tennis coach for dealing with me for the tennis season and helping me as a tennis player and as a person.

“I want to thank the team, too, for having fun in our last season together and having a blast.”

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 724-838-5154.

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