Summer Shannon, University of Nebraska


Summer Shannon, a senior at Plano West, has just signed with University of Nebraska, Omaha for Tennis.

The first time Shannon played tennis was at the age of six when her father, a tennis coach, introduced her to the sport. 

Luckily for Shannon, the pandemic did not tremendously affect her practices, however it did impact her tournament at travel. For a while, there was no junior academy at her club due to COVID-19 outbreaks. However, she was still able to hit and practice with her dad and sisters who play tennis as well. 

“The biggest impact COVID had on my tennis was it limited my travel and tournament play,” said Shannon. 

When she went to visit the University of Nebraska, she met the tennis team and coach. A while later she got a call from the coach, offering her a spot on the team.

“It was an incredible feeling. I was so grateful and appreciative for the opportunity. I’m so excited for what’s to come in the next 4 years at Omaha,” said Shannon. 

Once she stepped foot on campus, she immediately knew this was the school for her.

“This school is perfect for me because I love the city and I get to play tennis,” said Shannon. 

Playing tennis has impacted Shannon’s life because it has taught her life lessons and skills that will help her succeed in the future. The most important lessons Shannon has learned are hard work and perseverance. 

“If you work hard and persevere you will succeed in anything you do,” said Shannon. 

Although she has worked her way into the University of Nebraska she wouldn’t be where she is today without the support of her family and coaches. Shannon’s coaches from the TBARM Racket Club, John Nallon and Doug Eckstein have impacted her success along with Coach Walker, Shannon’s coach since freshman year, who has also taught her a lot. 

“My coaches contributed to my success by always supporting me, pushing me everyday to be better, and by believing in me, never letting me give up, however experiencing failure and being able to persevere and learn from it, is mainly what contributed to my success” said Shannon.