Augie Talks with Caitlyn Schaffer

Madison Williams

  1. How does it feel to earn your fifth career CCIW Player of the Week honor?

“It’s really exciting. I expected a lot coming into Augie as a freshman and now I’m a senior, so knowing that I’ve reached and gone beyond my goals is a really good feeling. I’m just glad that I worked hard enough to get those rewards.”
2. You’re 10 victories away from tying Lauren Goggins’ school record of most wins for tennis. How does that feel?
“It’s kind of a bittersweet experience. I’m going to miss it as a senior, but I’m just looking forward to those last wins and last team moments that I’ll probably hold onto super tight as I’m walking across the stage.”
3. What is your favorite memory from Augustana tennis so far?
“One particular moment was when we made it to the NCAA regional tournament because we won our conference. We were able to go to one of these really fancy restaurants downtown as a team. It was really fun knowing that we worked really hard to be able to have that really nice dinner.” 
4. What emotions do you have being a senior on the team?
“It’s kind of a bittersweet experience. I’m going to miss it as a senior, but I’m just looking forward to those last wins and last team moments that I’ll probably hold onto super tight as I’m walking across the stage. I guess I have a little bit of regret because there’s moments from freshman and sophomore year, where you think ‘What if I worked a little bit harder, where would I be now?’ But also, I’m filled with joy that I had this experience.”
5. If you could give advice to younger players on the team, what would you say?
“It’s connected back to what I said earlier about that little regret piece. Work hard all four years, not when you know you have to, but even when you don’t have to. Even when you could play left-handed even though you’re right-handed and beat that person, you should be working on something out there. That’s definitely something I would give them advice about.”