An Tran ’95, Tennis
An Tran was the only freshman on the varsity tennis team in the 1991-1992 season. She ended her rookie year with an impressive 13-1 record. Overall the team had 11 wins and 3 losses which allowed them to fi nish second in the MVAL, gaining status and respect among the other teams in the league. In the 1992-1993 season, An fi nished with an 11-3 record, earning her the #1 varsity singles player spot. In the 1993-1994 season An, along with her sister Trang were the NCS Doubles Champions. She also won team MVP and served as team captain during her high school career. An recalls a memorable match, “At the state tournament, my sister and I played doubles against a team that each of us had lost to in singles earlier that day. These players were also sisters. I had lost to the older sister. My sister, Trang won her match against the younger sister, but later also lost to the older sister. Yet for some reason, together, we felt unbeatable, and eventually we were victorious.”
An attended UC Riverside from 1995 – 2000. While at Riverside, she continued to play tennis and was named MVP and served as team captain. An majored in biology and graduated in 2000.
The person who had the most impact on An’s playing career was her father. “My dad was at every match I played. He was not vocal, but his silent encouragement always gave me the strength to run faster, hit harder, try harder,” said An. Her advice for her fellow and future Mariners is that, “Sports can help defi ne a person or one can let the sport defi ne you. Be the latter and not the former; let sports be a life teacher.”
She is currently fi nishing medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University and plans to go into family medicine or surgery. An hopes to someday return to Vietnam to help deliver health care to the rural areas.