May 2016

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145 T he University of Iowa women's tennis team bid farewell to a "Grinder" when senior Annette "Netty" Dohanics closed her Hawkeye career April 17 at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Dohanics arrived on the Iowa campus from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2012, and following each of the last three seasons, she has been presented the team's Grinder Award, given to the player who consistently contributes to the team through hard work and dedication. Following her freshman season in 2013, she was honored with the Iron Hawk Award, presented by the strength and conditioning coach to the Hawkeye who best demonstrates attitude, work ethic, and energy in the strength and conditioning room. Dohanics graduates in May with a degree in biology, and her immediate future includes an internship at a law firm in Pittsburgh and an eventual trip to law school. Prior to graduation, she reflected on her career and answered questions for Hawk Talk Monthly. When you revisit campus down the road, what is the one place in town you'll be sure to visit? "Definitely Shorts. e food is great, the atmosphere is great. It's usually my post-match meal." What is the biggest difference between Netty in 2012, and Netty in 2016? "Maturity. I was afraid as a freshman coming in, being so far away from home. But I've gotten more confident in myself that I can make it on my own. I've been in this environment that has given me so much support over the last four years. I'm ready to take on the world now." You're an East Coast girl, what have you found to be the biggest misconception about Iowa? "at there is nothing to do. ere is a lot to do here. Iowa City is a college town and I love the atmosphere. I've had so much fun the last four years. e people are so nice." What would you say about your journey the last four years? "It's something that I'm never going to forget and if I had to do the whole thing over again I definitely would. I would choose Iowa every time." What will you miss most about this program? "My teammates. I developed a very good relationship with all the girls that are here and that have come and gone. Every year, wishing them off was tough. Now it's my turn, and I'm going to miss the youngsters." You had to grow up this year. What is a lasting piece of advice you would give the underclassmen? "It goes by fast. It goes by too fast, so enjoy every minute of it." Do you think they should rename the Grinder Award, the Dohanics Award? "No, absolutely not. ere have been plenty of grinders and there are definitely more grinders than me on this team. I've been fortunate to win that award and I take it with pride."

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