Rumley continues to shine at Grinnell [Tennis]

September 12, 2013

Julia Rumley of Anchorage is the first Grinnell College tennis player from Alaska. Her interest was self-driven, seeking a spot without the benefit of being recruited.

Most walk-ons don’t make it, but Rumley did. And now the sophomore is a fixture for the NCAA D3 team in Iowa.

“Julia is a fabulous teammate,” head coach Andy Hamilton told me. “Loved by all, and a very serious student. Several of her professors have sought me out to indicate how she positively impacts their courses. Her sweetness naturally permeates our team.”

She can play a little, too.

Rumley, of East High fame, has an 11-8 career record in singles, including 2-1 this year, and a 16-14 record in doubles, including 3-2 this year.

Her success is a product of brains, not brawn. What else would you expect from a student studying English and biology?

“In singles Julia uses a combination of slice shots to bring her opponents to the net and then she lobs over the player,” Hamilton said. “In this fashion she keeps her opponents moving the entire match. Since she is so slight, Julia will rarely be drawn into a bang-it-out type of match.”

Rumley has made great strides in developing a topspin backhand and powerful forehand, but it’s her poise that is perhaps the most recognizable.

“She is way more confident when she plays and that comes out in how she creates and follows a game plan in her matches,” her coach said.