Up Close with Men's Tennis continues with freshman Paul Meunow.
Up Close With Paul Meunow:
1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae?
"Mostly playing tennis but I also came for the mountains."
2. How long have you been playing tennis?
"Most of my life, 10 years."
3. What are your personal goals for this season?
"To improve my game and of course to win."
4. What's your favorite tennis memory here at Lees-McRae so far?
"Going to Regionals because it was my first big college tournament."
5. What is your favorite part of playing tennis here at Lees-McRae?
"I really like the team, they are all good people."
6. Who has been the most influential person on your athletic career?
"Keith Petri. He was the local tennis coach where I grew up and he worked me and pushed me harder than any other coach I had."
7. If you weren't playing tennis, what other sport would you play?
"Basketball because I grew up playing it."
8. What is your favorite thing to do off the court?
"Hang out and have fun with my friends and also work on cars. I'm working on a Camaro Z28."
9. What is your major and what do you plan to do with
"Business. I would really like to own my own business someday, maybe a restaurant."
10. What is your favorite band?
"I really like Eminem's music."
11. If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
"Rome because the architecture there is awesome."
12. What is one word that describes you and why?
"Passionate because I try hard and give my all in sports."
Paul Meunow is a freshman from Fort Mill South Carolina and the
son of Steve and Sarah Meunow. Paul's story about his journey to
Lees McRae and the tennis team is unique in that it involved
following a dream against what was expected. Paul grew up in a
die-hard Auburn University Family. Both of his parents, his aunts
and uncles, and even his grandparents were Auburn Alumni and his
uncle was once the President of The Auburn Alumni Association.
Naturally the Blue and Orange were in Paul's blood and so it wasn't
a surprise that when the tie came to go to college, Paul was set
for Auburn, Alabama. The first deposit had been made and the
preparations readied to send Paul off to the Alma Mater of
generations of his family, but just one thing still weighed on the
college-bound senior's mind: tennis. Paul had grown up playing
tennis and started playing when he was just 8 years old. He had
developed quickly into a strong player and competitor and carried
his love for the sport on into high school and had dreams of
playing in college. It had come time for Paul to make a decision
between following his family's legacy, or carving out his own
path. It was certainly a tough decision, one that required a lot
of thinking and soul searching, but Paul knew he wanted to play
tennis in college and would do whatever he could to make that dream
come true. One day, Paul received a call fro Coach Goode, a call
that altered his path from high school to college. He saw this as
the perfect opportunity to achieve his goal of playing NCAA tennis,
and leaped at the chance. Several months later, Paul found himself
wearing Green and Gold rather than Blue and Orange, but ultimately
he was happy. His parents, although pushing for Auburn, fully
supported their son in his choice of playing college tennis at
Lees-McRae. Paul remains a devout Auburn fan but still feels he
made the best choice for himself by coming to Lees McRae College
and becoming a member of the Bobcat Tennis Team.