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Player Spotlight - Mary Lisa Siegel

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Name: Mary Lisa Siegel

Home Club: Fox Chapel Racquet Club

Division: 1

What is your paddle of choice?

I love my Masters Athletic paddle, M2.

How long have you been playing paddle?

Since Fall 2012. I started as a beginner in D8 and worked my way up to D1.

What is your favorite part of playing paddle?

I love the competition of it and the amazing friendships I’ve made over the years. It’s gotten me through the past 9 winter seasons!

Your greatest paddle strength?

My backhand drive.

What is your best paddle memory?

Winning the Fall Fantastic, the Spring Fling, and Three Rivers Tournaments with one of my fav teammates, Joy Leventon!

What do you enjoy when you’re not playing paddle?

When not playing paddle, I’m probably at one of my kids’ sporting events. I also love cooking and gardening.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

I have a few mantras I repeat to myself in the car on the way to a match. I also love to blast hype music to get me fired up!!

What advice would you give to beginners?

My best advice for beginners is to be mentally tough. Don’t let your opponents rattle you. Create your own offense. Find a steady partner that you can have fun with, but who also wants to win!


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