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Local tennis player has earned multiple accolades at NCAA level

Wayne State University junior Yasha Moore

WEST BLOOMFIELD — For someone who wasn’t quite sure how well her tennis game would translate to the college level, things seem to have gone pretty well for Wayne State University junior Yasha Moore.

Since arriving at Wayne State, Moore, who attended West Bloomfield High School, has been selected to the All-GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) first team twice, and to the second team once. Moore, who was voted team captain for the 2013-14 season, has also been named the GLIAC Women’s Tennis “Athlete of the Week” twice during her collegiate career, along with being selected to the GLIAC All-Academic team.

“It means a lot to me,” Moore said of her accomplishments. “I didn’t have these expectations when I came into college — happy to be able to do well once I got here. It’s a great experience. Coming here was a really good choice for me. I wanted to play college tennis, so once I got the opportunity, I was really excited. It really is like a dream come true, actually.”

Moore, whose career singles record was 65-17 and doubles record 69-18, has come a long way since stepping on the court as a freshman. She cited self-confidence as a key to coming as far as she has.

Aside from the enjoyment she has derived from being at athlete, Moore also cited some valuable life lessons she has learned through athletics.

“Playing college tennis, I’ve learned how to have more patience,” said Moore, who cited support she has received from her family, as well as coaches. “When I was in high school, I had none (patience). I learned how to calm myself down, be patient, stay mentally tough and know I can accomplish any goal I set my mind to, as long as I keep persevering and going for it.”

During Moore’s career at Wayne State, the Warriors have finished in the top three in the GLIAC three times and qualified for the NCAA tournament once. Wayne State has earned a spot at the tournament again this year, and while Moore said she is “very excited” about that opportunity, winning a GLIAC championship before she graduates would also likely go a long toward helping to cap off her career with the Warriors.

“It would show us the hard work has paid off,” said Moore, who indicated that her personal coach in high school, Dennis Royal — who also previously coached Wayne State’s men’s tennis team — helped spark her interest in college tennis. “It would mean a lot because it means we were the best team in our conference at that point in time. It would mean a lot to all of us.”

Moore is majoring in nursing. And while an exciting career may be waiting for her after graduation, she is currently more interested in taking the time to enjoy her remaining time at Wayne State.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s kind of like I’m trying to savor every moment that I have left because it seems like I just got here. Now I’m coming up on my last year of eligibility, so I’m kind of excited but trying to take it slow, as well.”