Game, Set, Match

The dean poses with the three tennis players

Andreea Badileanu, Ana Rajkovic, and Anastasiia Vasiukhina all balance an athlete’s lifestyle with an engineering course load. Dean Marek Dollár got a glimpse of their busy lives when he visited their home court: the tennis court, that is.

He rallied with the girls for a photo-op, and sat down with them afterward to chat about the engineering program. Ana and Andreea are both seniors, while Anastasiia is a sophomore. All three hail from different countries: Andreea is from Romania, Ana is from Serbia, and Anastasiia is from Russia.

Andreea and Ana’s most memorable moment playing tennis for Miami is when the team won the MAC Championship and MAC Tournament their freshman year.

“It was going to be the first NCAA appearance for every player on the team, but also our coach’s first appearance. It was a moment I will remember for the rest of my life,” said Ana.

Anastasiia’s favorite tennis memory is playing a third set tiebreaker against a player from UCLA, a university whose tennis team is #2 in the country.

“It was an unforgettable battle,” Anastasiia said.

In order to keep a balance between athletics and schoolwork, all three players spend a lot of their free time doing homework.

Andreea has been playing tennis since the age of five. She is majoring in Bioengineering with concentrations in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Ana is a Chemical Engineering major who has been playing tennis for 13 years.  She hopes to go to graduate school and eventually get her PhD.

Similarly, Anastasiia also hopes to get her PhD, but for Biomedical Engineering. She is a sophomore who has played tennis for 11 years, and plans to begin research next school year. 

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