June 30, 2014
Last season, the Gopher women’s tennis team posted its highest win total, both overall and in the Big Ten, in more than a decade. Former walk-on Jessika Mozia played a major role in that success, compiling a better than .500 record in singles matches, including a 12-5 mark at the Baseline Tennis Center.
The following is an excerpt from a feature piece titled “Up For a Challenge” which details how Mozia’s diverse interests and talents have led to success on and off the court.
Be sure to check out the entire piece, as well as other great articles about outstanding Gopher student-athletes and teams, in the July 2014 issue of Ski-U-Mah, which will be available in print at Gopher Athletics venues and online at GopherSports.com later this week.
There are eight scholarships available to prospective NCAA Division I women’s tennis players at the University of Minnesota – all full rides. Current Golden Gopher sophomore Jessika Mozia wasn’t a recipient of one of those eight coming out of high school.
A native of Littleton, Colo., Mozia was a two-time state high school singles champion at Colorado Academy in Denver and a four-star tennis recruit. She compiled a dominant 86-5 record during her prep career and was a four-time team MVP.
Scholarship offers came her way, but Mozia came to Minnesota as a walk-on. Why?
“Minnesota was the first school that I visited,” Mozia said. “I loved the team. It felt like a family. When I took more official visits, I kept comparing them to Minnesota and nothing really compared. I just felt really comfortable and loved it there. I wanted a school that would challenge me academically and athletically."
A challenge is what Mozia got. Walk-ons in collegiate women’s tennis are more often than not depth players. They’re practice players. Injury fill-ins. Mozia turned out to be none of the above.
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