Player of the Week: Emily Anderson

SWANSBORO, N.C. (WITN) - Swansboro senior tennis standout Emily Anderson is our newest WITN Pepsi Player of the Week!

Good, or bad, everything happens for a reason.

"I played soccer my whole life, for about 14 years," Anderson said.

But after suffering three concussions on three separate occasions, Emily Anderson knew something needed to change. So, ahead of her freshman year at Swansboro, she picked up tennis.

"I'm a really competitive person at nature," said Anderson. "So this way I could get it all out without having to do a physical sport like soccer."

Jump ahead four years, and the switch from soccer to tennis has paid off big time.

"She is by far the best player and the hardest working player both on the men's team and the women's team that I've had," said Swansboro tennis head coach Sean McGill. "Just coming to practice every day. Working hard. Looking at things that she can improve on."

This past fall, Anderson went undefeated in conference, was named conference player of the year, reached regionals for the second consecutive year, and was named to the all-conference team for the third straight year.

"By far, she's been the best one we've had," McGill added.

But now Anderson is looking ahead, saying she plans on studying nursing at UNCW this upcoming fall.

"I'm going to attempt to walk on or to play club tennis," Anderson said when asked about her college decision.

Until then, she will continue spreading her love of the game by teaching at nearby Ole Port Racquet Club.

"Just that leadership and being able to share her experiences and her knowledge of the game with other players," McGill said.

"I can play with any age group there is, that comes out here, I can fill in for people and I can do that the rest of my life," Anderson added.

For more on Anderson, check out the video above!