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Sunday Spotlight: Erin Allen

Sunday Spotlight: Erin Allen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Women's tennis senior Erin Allen continued her history of success in her 2019-20 campaign at Belmont.

The Knoxville, Tenn. native mostly competed at the No. 3 singles position in 2019-20, where she posted five victories in a season abbreviated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Allen paired with three partners in the top doubles spot, as she tallied a total of nine wins last year. Allen and junior Peyton Lee also combined for a 3-2 dual match record, as the duo finished the season on a two-match win streak versus Quinnipiac and Northern Kentucky. 

Allen made significant strides both on and off the court, as she earned both ITA Scholar Athlete and OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll honors for the third year in a row. 

GET TO KNOW ERIN ALLEN

Is there a new hobby or skill that you picked up during quarantine?

"During quarantine I learned how to juggle a soccer ball, went the driving range quite a bit, learned how to sew on my grandma's sewing machine and spent a lot of time baking."

What athlete did you look up to the most growing up and why?

"An athlete I looked up to was Simona Halep. I love the way Simona plays, the way she carries herself on court, and she's fairly short like I am."

What items are on your bucket list? Have you crossed any items off? 

"My bucket list is pretty long, but some items at the top are watching all four tennis grand slams in person, skydiving in Switzerland, and learning another language. Recently I crossed off playing a round of golf and learning how to sew."

What makes Belmont special to you?

"For me, what makes Belmont so special are the people. Knowing that I have great people in my corner to guide and cheer me on has made all the difference in college. I definitely would not be where I am today without my teammates, coaches, and the athletic department. I also love all of the food options that surround Belmont's campus."

Who is one staff or faculty member that has impacted you heavily at Belmont?

"There are so many people at Belmont who have positively impacted my life, but if I had to pick one person, I think it would be Renee Schultz. Renee is a very busy lady, but when you do get to spend time with her, she makes you feel like your well-being is the only thing that matters in that moment. Coming to college and being on my own for the first time was, and still is, so special to me. The care and effort she puts into helping guide me in the right direction, whether it be academic schedules or life in general, has always made me feel so valued."