After closing out a four-year career on the Seattle University women’s tennis team, Steffanie Mortera (Portland, Ore.) has been named GoSeattleU.com’s Featured Student-Athlete of the Week.
On April 19, Mortera played the final match of her Seattle U career, a loss at No. 6 singles against Washington State. After being sidelined for most of sophomore year and all of her junior year due to injury, she won her first singles match in two years on March 25, 2013 with 6-2, 6-0 victory over Western New Mexico State’s Diamond Morrill at No. 5 singles. She followed the victory up with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Texas A&M Kingsville’s Ashton Garcia three days later also at No. 5 singles.
Despite not being able to play much the last three years, Mortera has still been a valuable member of the squad and of the community, acting as secretary on this year’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Through her work in SAAC, Mortera helped plan and execute the recent Swishes for Wishes students vs. staff basketball game that raised money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The senior has proven herself in the classroom as well, keeping a 3.53 grade point average as a Communication Studies major. She recently finished the winter 2013 quarter with a 3.80 GPA.
“Steffanie Mortera has been a valuable asset for the last four years,” said Seattle University women’s tennis head coach Mark Frisby. “She’s had a positive impact on everybody associated with the women’s tennis team.”
The Redhawks are finished with the 2012-13 season and will lose two players—Mortera included—to graduation. They have already signed two to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 school year.
The Seattle University athletics department names a Featured Student-Athlete each Tuesday based on performances in the classroom and in competition.