Connor Streeter is taking tennis to the next level.
The Pioneer senior recently committed to attend the College of Wooster to play tennis and major in science. Located in Wooster, Ohio, a community of 27,000, the College of Wooster is approximately 55 miles southwest of Cleveland.
“I was always interested in attending a small liberal arts school and Wooster’s premier research program seems like a great fit for me since I plan on majoring in science,” said Connor, the son of Tim and Jennifer Streeter. “I also want to play tennis in college and the Wooster coach is really nice and welcoming, but also has big aspirations for the team. I liked the overall feel of the campus because everyone seemed really friendly when I was visiting.”
Streeter, who also is in the German Club and Interact Club at Pioneer, plans on studying something in the field of science such as physics or biology. He also plans on making an impact right away on the tennis courts.
“My goal is to make the top six lineup on Wooster’s team for my freshman season,” he said. “I also hope to have more success in USTA tournaments and want to continue playing tennis competitively throughout my college career.”
Streeter’s first real success at Pioneer came during his sophomore year. “I subbed in for our No. 4 singles player at a tournament and ended up winning all three matches,” he said.
Streeter found even more success the following year when he was teamed up with Brendan Karsch at three doubles. The two went all the way to the top, winning the Division 1 state championship.
“It was an amazing year for me and I never thought Brendan and I would do so well together,” he said. “I also really enjoyed beating the Huron second doubles team 6-1, 6-1 to win the Conference title in my senior year. We had lost a really close match to them the previous time we played so it felt really good to win against them by so much.”
Streeter began his tennis journey at a young age at Liberty Athletic Club.
“My brother actually started playing before me,” he said. “It looked like fun so I tried it and immediately knew I wanted to keep doing it. I wasn’t great right away, but tennis came pretty naturally to me. I started taking lessons with my high school coach in sixth grade and I had a pretty successful year on JV my freshman year.”
Of course his high school coach is Pioneer’s longtime tennis coach Tom (Brick) Pullen. “I’ve spent a lot of time working with (Coach Pullen),” Streeter said. “He’s an amazing coach and basically taught me everything I know about playing doubles. I’m still taking private lessons with him and I’m doing group training at Huron Valley.”
Streeter says he likes tennis because he can control his own destiny.
“I like that almost everything is up to me in tennis,” he says. “In a lot of other sports you could be playing great, but if the rest of your team isn’t, it won’t really matter. In tennis, the only thing I can’t control is how my opponent is playing.”
His favorite tennis player is Gael Monfils.
“His playing style is so much different from everyone else’s,” he says. “You never know what to expect when he’s playing which makes him really enjoyable to watch. I also really like Roger Federer because he’s probably the best tennis player there ever was.”
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