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SEATTLE - (Oct. 12) Seattle University Athletics sat down with women's tennis sophomore Kali McCollister to ask her some questions. McCollister attended Grant High School in Portland, Ore. In her first season with the Redhawks, McCollister was 11-17 in singles play and 14-16 in doubles matches.

Where are you from?
I’m from Portland, Oregon

What attracted you initially to tennis?
When I was five my grandparents visited and taught me how to play. We hit around for a couple hours the first day and then went home. About an hour later I asked if we could go play again. We played every day for a week while they were in Portland and I haven’t stopped playing since.

Do you prefer singles or doubles?
Singles. I love the one on one intensity.

What is your favorite part of playing tennis in Seattle?
I love representing Seattle University while competing getting to play the sport I love.

What is your favorite thing to do in Seattle?
I love walking around downtown, shopping and exploring good coffee shops and restaurants. Pikes Place is also such a fun place to visit on the weekends.

What is your favorite type of music?
R&B and hip hop

What is your favorite type of food?
My mom’s homemade mac & cheese

What was your last meal?
Poke

Pick one: 100 degrees or 40 degrees
75 degrees and sunny is my favorite weather but if I had to pick it would be 100 degrees. You can’t tan very well in 40-degree weather!

What is your best memory as a Redhawk?
My best memory was playing the Stanford ITAs last year. It was the best tournament of the year and playing against Pac 12 teams on the Stanford courts was an amazing experience.

What you’re your favorite show growing up?
I used to watch Greys Anatomy with my family when I was young. It’s still my favorite show now.

What is your hidden talent?
I love to wakeboard! I spend a week every summer on Lake Louise in Idaho and I wakeboard and waterski all day.

What was the last concert you saw?
Lana Del Ray

Are you a dog or a cat person?
Dog person 100%

What is your favorite sport to watch?
I should probably say tennis but I love watching soccer! Gymnastics is a close second for sure.

The Seattle University women's tennis team heads to Walla Walla, Wash., for their second full tournament of the season. The Whitman Invitational starts on Saturday and runs through Sunday.

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