Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Lorraine Qiu – West De Pere girls’ tennis
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Lorraine Qiu
School: West De Pere
Activity: Girls’ tennis
Parents: Elaine Zheng and Joe Qiu
Lorraine Qiu is a senior member of the West De Pere girls’ tennis team.
The Phantoms recently won the Bay Conference championship.
Qiu said her biggest win was last year versus New London.
She and her doubles partner mounted a considerable comeback to win in three sets.
Something people may not know about Qui is she has never been to a funeral or wedding.
What’s it like playing for Coach Rachel Benn?
“Coach Benn always tries to keep in mind what’s best for the team, the girls and works hard to make it happen. She pushes us to get better and keeps tennis fun and challenging.”
What’s your most embarrassing tennis moment?
“I’ve tripped and fallen on the court in the middle of a match.”
How do you balance participating in sports and a heavy course load?
“I write down my commitments to make sure I don’t forget anything and make sure to check everything off the list. I also do my best to limit procrastination and be conscious of how I manage my time.”
How often do people spell your last name incorrectly?
“It happens more than people would think, considering it’s only three letters. I see it spelled wrong at least half the time.”
An ace or a forehand/backhand winner?
“I like groundstroke winners. I have better control over them than I do serves.”
Amusement park or a walk on the beach?
“An amusement park. I love rollercoasters and big rides. I’m not a huge fan of the beach.”
What did you think of the Olympics?
“The Olympics were awe-inspiring and incredible to watch. This year’s Olympics were made more interesting because I could see the athletes’ TikTok posts, which humanized them. It made them more relatable.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“Jeff Bezos, an American entrepreneur, media proprietor, investor and computer engineer.”
Water or Gatorade?
Favorite thing to do in Green Bay?
“Going out for coffee, ice cream or boba with my friends.”
What are your college aspirations?
“My dream school is Boston University. I’m not sure what I’ll major in but hopefully some kind of science or engineering program.”
Scary movie or scary rollercoaster?
“A scary rollercoaster. I’m a baby when it comes to scary movies.”
What’s your leadership style?
“I try my best to seem approachable to everyone. I love helping my teammates whenever I can. I want to be there for them, regardless of whether it’s for tennis, life or anything else.”
What are your hobbies?
“I like to read, watch television, thrift shop and hang out with my friends.”
Do you play tennis with speed or control?
What five words describe you?
“Open-minded, smart, affectionate, dependable, organized.”
Which is your favorite Grand Slam tournament to watch?
Who’s your favorite tennis player?
“Naomi Osaka. She’s strong, inspiring and a great role model.”
What’s another sport you could have excelled in?
“Soccer. It’s something I enjoy.”
If you could board a plane tomorrow, where would you go?
“I’d go to China and visit my extended family. We’ve been busy, and with COVID-19, I haven’t seen them in almost three years.”
Summer or fall?
“Summer. I love hot weather, no school and it’s when tennis season begins.”
Food: Dim Sum
Movie: Little Women
Sports editor’s note: To read last week’s Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight on De Pere’s Jack Jorgensen, CLICK HERE.