Pilots in the Spotlight: Milagros Cubelli

By The Beacon | February 20, 2013 9:00pm

Milagros Cubelli (Stephanie Matusiefsky | THE BEACON)

By Connor Snashall, Staff Writer snashall15@up.edu

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, women's tennis red-shirt freshman Milagros Cubelli is currently 3-1 this season in doubles matches. After a tough ACL tear in spring of 2012, she made a quick recovery and is back playing this fall. Coming off a commanding 6-1 win over Montana State, Cubelli took the time to share a few insights of her own with us.

When did you start playing tennis?

I started playing tennis when I was four years old. My mom showed it to me. But [growing up] my sport was field hockey. I played for the national team and when I was 11 I told my mom that I didn't want to play field hockey anymore. I just wanted to play tennis more seriously.

What have you enjoyed about UP so far?

My teammates and that I know I have a supportive team. I feel like everyone, when they first come, are afraid of not having friends. But when I came here I already had an amazing team.

What have you enjoyed about being on the tennis team?

Being able to play, but at the same time being on a team like this one that is so fun and supportive, which most players don't get the chance to do.

Is there anyone in particular you look up to on the team?

That is very tough to choose, but among others one of my favorite players is senior Valeska Hoath because she is so talented and she helped a lot when I tore my ACL.

Is there anyone you get along best with on the team?

Another tough one to choose, but I have to say sophomore Katy Krauel. She's my teammate and best friend.

Have you had any particular role models growing up? Tennis related or not?

Rafael Nadal, he's God for me. He's an example on and off the court. Also my family. My brothers are professional rugby players and they taught me so many things.

Is tennis something you want to pursue after UP?

One step at a time.