Athlete of the Week: Natalie Moyer
KALAMAZOO, Mich. —
A local girls tennis star is beginning her quest to win another state championship, only this time with a lot more meaning.
Natalie Moyer has earned a tennis scholarship to Xavier University, and she's already a state champion, so tennis-wise, there is not much she hasn't accomplished, but there is still one mountain left for her to climb.
Moyer is an ace for Hackett Catholic High School.
The Irish senior girls tennis star has reached the summit. She won a state championship at number two singles as a sophomore.
She said, "It was exciting. I wanted to win it really bad, so it was exciting. But this year I'm hoping for that one singles title.”
Part of the reason she's hoping so hard though, is because she came so close. She lost in the state finals at one singles in 2017.
Moyer said, "I was really upset for the two hours after it, but then you realize it's just another loss, yeah it came in the state finals, which is the worst time for it, but you've got to move on."
Since that point, Moyer has gotten back to work and when you've played tennis for 15 years, as she has, she says it is all she knows.
Now the focus is getting back to that one singles state title match, which Moyer says is the only way she wants to cap her Hackett career.
She said, "It would be awesome. It would get my confidence back. It'd be a great way to close senior year"
Moyer's loss at the 2017 state finals came against Taylor Smith from Jackson Lumen Christi.
The two players are seeded one and two in the draw, which means they could very well meet once again in the D-4 final on Saturday.