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By: KRISTEN DALEY

Shannon and Jillian Adams, Western Washington University Club Tennis Team
Shannon (left) and Jillian (right) Adams enjoy a moment off of
the court together.  The twins grew up playing USTA Jr. Team
Tennis and now play on the Western Washington University
Club Tennis Team.
For twin sisters Shannon and Jillian Adams of Kirkland, Washington, Tennis On Campus at Western Washington University is doubly valuable, offering a chance to continue playing the game and leaving time to focus on academics.

The sisters started playing USTA Jr. Team Tennis in the sixth grade, and continued through high school. Surprisingly, they didn’t always play as a doubles team. “We really didn’t want to play together,” says Shannon. “We tried playing with different people our sophomore year of high school. We’ve always been known as the twins, and we wanted to be known as two separate people.”

Shannon and Jillian, 19, had a change of heart in their junior year, and as a team made it to the state championships that season.

Going into college, the Adams’ knew that they didn’t want to play Division I varsity tennis. Before applying to WWU, their mother’s alma mater, they found out that the school had a college club tennis team. It was a perfect fit for the sisters. “It wouldn’t take up all of our time, and we’d be able to play for fun but also have it be competitive,” says Shannon.

Western Washington University Club Tennis Team (300)
The Western Washington University Club Tennis Team.
The Western Washington University Club Tennis Team was a great way for Shannon and Jillian to meet friends during their first year of college. “As a freshman, it was really nice having people you saw every day,” says Jillian. “You become really good friends with that group of people. You all have one thing in common.”

Shannon, an elementary education major, and Jillian, studying business with an emphasis on sports marketing, are part of the WWU club tennis team’s traveling squad, which competes against other club teams in the USTA Pacific Northwest Tennis On Campus League. The club team meets for practice Monday through Friday in the Fall and Spring. During the winter, the team practices when it can get indoor court time at a local club, commonly between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. “It gives you time to get homework done, and then you have tennis, which is nice,” says Shannon.

WWU also hosts a tournament in February at the local indoor courts.

Tennis programming nearby home and at school has provided the Adams sisters with ample opportunity to play the sport they love, with a seamless transition. “[Tennis On Campus] is a lot like Jr. Team Tennis, because you are on teams with guys and girls,” says Jillian.

And in what is an exciting and busy time in their lives, the opportunity to hit the courts is a welcome one for Shannon, Jillian and their teammates. “It gives you a little break from academics, even if it’s just an hour a day,” says Jillian.

For more information on:

    • Western Washington University Club Tennis Team

    • USTA Pacific Northwest Tennis On Campus League

    • USTA Jr. Team Tennis

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