Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Marisa Marohl – Ashwaubenon girls’ tennis
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Marisa Marohl
Parents: Todd and Melanie Marohl
Activity: Girls’ tennis
Marisa Marohl is a senior member of the girls’ tennis team at Ashwaubenon High School.
Her most embarrassing moment was getting her foot stuck in a side curtain during the middle of a point and falling.
Marohl spends a majority of her time playing tennis but also working on cars and attending races at Road America.
What was the experience like to go to individual state as a junior and for Ashwaubenon to win the subsectional as a team?
“Both experiences have been extremely rewarding for me to be a part of. Seeing our team win the subsectional was exciting because I had seen the progress our team had gone through. It was awesome to see many of my teammates advance and do well. Individual state was one of the most rewarding experiences. My whole goal throughout high school was to make it to state – to be able to achieve this made me extremely happy and proud.”
Talk about the mental and physical aspect of playing tennis.
“Tennis involves a great deal of both physical and mental strength. It’s unique in the sense it involves endurance to play a three-hour match, but within the match, you must be able to play for short bursts of time repeatedly. However, when it comes down to a match being on the line, it’s the mental aspect which has to be there. You can be a better player physically, but if you don’t have the mental aspect mastered, then the other player is better than you.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“I would want to be Lewis Hamilton on race day.”
Talk about your family and how they have supported you through middle school and high school tennis matches.
“My family has always been extremely supportive throughout all my tennis matches. When I first started becoming serious about tennis in the eighth grade, my parents allowed me to take lessons and learn more about the sport. When it came to high school, they have come to almost every match I have played in. I could count on one hand the number of matches either one has missed throughout all of high school.”
What is something most people don’t know about you?
“I have designed and built a car through Formula Student, a program at our high school. I started the project of building the Bantam Stalker my freshman year. With my teammates, we have completed it to race in the spring time for two years now. This project has taught me about my love for engineering.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I am planning on going to college for mechanical engineering. I have always wanted to become an engineer, and after learning more about it in high school, I am even more excited. I hope to play either club tennis or on a team in college.”
What is your leadership style?
“I lead by example.”
What is your favorite song to listen to before a match?
“The Champion by Carrie Underwood. I listen to this song before every match I play.”
What three words describe you?
“Determined, smart, leader.”
Australian or US Open?
Who is your favorite pro tennis player?
Is there another sport you could have been successful at?
“Cross country or track.”
Where is your desired location to watch a tennis match?
“I would love to see a match in Monaco because it’s a beautiful country, and it would be cool to see a match on clay courts.”
Class: Engineering and manufacturing classes
Food: Pulled pork
Television show: Friends