Williams Discusses How Music, Tennis Have Shaped His Collegiate Experience

April 07, 2016

Jeff Williams TennisBY: Mike Richardson

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Jeff Williams ’17, a junior from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, had to step up as a leader earlier than expected. As one of the few upperclassman on the tennis team, Williams is a leader in the eyes of his teammates.

“This year on the tennis team we actually don’t have any seniors, so another junior, Rob DeMarco, and I are the only upperclassmen on the team,” Williams said. “At practice, we try to get there early and start warming up right away. Rob and I both try to bring a positive attitude and fiery level of competitiveness each day.”

“We have created a work hard atmosphere at practice where everyone wants to get better. It’s pretty exciting, and I’m looking forward to the future”

Watching his parents play tennis as a child, Williams was able to copy the competiveness they brought to the court and earn himself an All-OAC honorable mention during the 2014-2015 season. Now as a competitor himself, he reflects on how he started playing tennis and why it means so much to him.

“My parents met each other through the sport of tennis, and I used to watch them play when I was a child. A tennis racquet has been in my hand as long as I can remember. Plus I live for competing, in anything.”

After Williams sets his racquet down, he sits down at the bench of a piano.  Music played a major role in his decision to become a Purple Raider, as he is now in his third year into the music program.

“The music program at Mount Union has put me in an environment with the most helpful professors who all want to see me grow and succeed. The entire faculty has helped me develop as a musician since stepping onto this campus.”

Passionate about music as a child, he was always interested in mixing and matching different sounds making his own. This curiosity of music drove him to start making his own music at the beginning of high school and has not stopped since.

Williams believes that if you work hard and treat others with respect, the same respect will be given back. He leaves with some advice for students who want to participate in athletics during their time in college.

“Take care of your business before your business takes care of you!”

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