Treyburn Country Club’s Rachael Rice, 18 years old, has been playing tennis since she was only eight, and it all started at Treyburn’s tennis camps. At age 10, Rachael began taking one-on-one lessons from VP of Tennis Operations Kyle Thorsten, who has helped develop her skills as a competitive player.
“You hear coaches talk about a dream player to coach, and that’s Rachael,” says Thorsten. “She gives 100 percent effort every time she walks on the court. She takes instruction seriously and applies it until it is perfected. I am so proud of her and cannot wait to see her play at the next level.”
Rachael’s hard work led her to star on her middle and high school tennis teams. She won the North Carolina Regional 2A High School Tournament twice, made it to the semi-finals in the State Tournament, and she’s currently ranked 25th among USTA junior girls in North Carolina.
And her tennis success doesn’t end there. This fall, she’ll be playing tennis at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She plans on majoring in pre-health and biology, with a minor in foreign languages.
“I enjoy the competitiveness and physicality of the sport … and there is nothing like the smell of a freshly opened can of tennis balls!” says Rachael.
We look forward to hearing more great things about Rachael on and off the court.