Living up to your potential

Living up to your potential

Pacific Lutheran University attracts students to educate them for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care—for other people … for their communities.

Pacific Lutheran University attracts students to educate them for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care—for other people … for their communities.

Lorrie Wood, Head Coach for Women’s’ Tennis, Division III, is entering her seventh year of coaching at PLU. She took over the PLU women’s tennis team as interim head coach in 2008 and was named head coach prior to the 2009 season. She encourages her team to strive for excellence, enjoy the journey, and defines success as “living up to your potential”. The key – right before a match we circle up and say a prayer.”

The PLU women’s tennis team plays a spring season each year against other Division III schools in the Northwest Conference. It’s not just about tennis though, they make it a point to strive for a good education and to give back to the community. This past November the Lutes, joined up with Habitat for Humanity to experience both giving back to the community while also growing closer as a team. Wood said it was a “great way to get to see our efforts come to life and make a difference in families’ lives.” Senior Allison McClure said “we get to see first-hand how our work can help others, and we use it as a way to bond with teammates.”

Another way to bond with teammates was to have the group of 11 stay at the Alumni House.  A turn-of-the-century Victorian house, the Alumni House provides groups of 10 to 17 with a warm homelike atmosphere.   Lorrie had previously attended a church retreat there with a friend and the group was drawn to Camp Casey because of its beautiful setting and beach.   As Lorrie says, “we work hard, play   hard and have a lot of fun.” And in a similar refrain as many of our previous guest’s state: “we plan on making it an annual event.”

It’s not unusual to find sports teams on the grounds of Camp Casey – sometimes in an effort to simply bond with their team mates prior to the season starting. The Lute’s Tennis team explored the beaches, as well as our neighbors at Ft. Casey and the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. But even more frequently, groups arrive to use the fields from football to soccer to lacrosse. The field is also popular with marching bands. Want to just have a setting where you can have fun? Plan on some flag football, ultimate Frisbee, softball games, relays, or as our favorite visitors, the Kiwanis, use one of the little hills for a Slip’N Slide.

Be sure to check out the PLU Women’s Tennis Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/PLUWTennis