April 30, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – UW women’s tennis head coach Brian Fleishman’s 10-year hiatus from sweets came to an end when Angela Chupa and the 2010 squad defeated border-rival Minnesota, 4-0, in the 2010 Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament.
Being a part of the team that led Fleishman to indulge in his first dessert in over a decade is one thing the senior will never forget about her four-year career at Wisconsin.
In that match, Chupa, then a sophomore, cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 singles victory at the No. 4 spot.
Also during that memorable 2010 season, Chupa posted an unblemished 6-0 record in Big Ten play, en route to earning the Team’s Most Improved Player award that season.
Additionally, as a freshman she knocked off the No. 15 and 37th-ranked doubles duos in the country.
Leading the senior class with 107 career wins, the Bradenton, Fla., native did not slow down after a successful start.
Earlier this fall, Chupa captured a doubles flight championship at the Green and White Invitational, before opening the dual season with four-straight wins.
Equally impressive is Chupa’s dedication to the classroom. In 2010, the industrial engineering major earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
“If it were easy, everyone would do it,” she said. “It seems trite, but it’s true. Playing Division I tennis in the Big Ten takes a lot of time, dedication, and hard work, and not a lot of people would be able to handle it.”
Chupa’s perseverance has contributed significantly to her success and will undoubtedly shine in the next chapter of her life, where she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in industrial engineering.
“Never give up; never surrender,” the senior said. “There were so many times when I felt tired and frustrated, but I just kept trying my hardest and was actually able to turn some matches around and win them. I think this applies to life in general, too.”
Driven by passion and dedication, Chupa has risen to the challenge and looks back with no regrets.
“I have received a great education, met some amazing people and became a Badger,” Chupa said.
Angela’s guide to success:
1.) Go to class. “A lot of material covered in class will be on exams, so I recommend attending.”
2.) Plan ahead. “Talk to professors and TAs before you leave town for tennis matches. It’s easy to fall behind on the weekends, so make sure you are prepared for the next week.”
3.) Take power naps. “It’s the best tactic I learned at this university. A 20-minute power nap improves your productivity, attentiveness and awareness for the rest of the day. Just don’t let it turn into a three-hour nap.”
4.) Don’t get upset when non-student athletes complain about being too busy. “Just laugh.”