Lesshika Vala
Lesshika Vala
Height: 4-11
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Middelburg, South Africa
High School: Hoerskool Ermelo
Major: HR Management

FMU: 2-year returning letterwinner....12-6 mark in 2019 playing almost exclusively at No.6 singles (3-4 mark in PBC play)....6-10 doubles mark (played all three spots)....In 2018, played primarily in the 4-6 singles positions and as part of the second and third doubles pairings as a freshman....Played for the South African Team in 2014....Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) 2019-20....Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll 2019....FMU Swamp Fox Athletic-Academic Honor Roll 2018 (spring, fall), 2019 (spring).

PERSONAL: 

  • Born Lesshika Vala in Middelburg, South Africa
  • Graduate of Hoerskool Ermelo
  • As a senior, was a member of the Student Council and a Hostel Leader
  • Represented South African High School Tennis for six consecutive years
  • Four-time Sports Girl
  • Nickname is Lessh

PERSONAL FAVORITES: 

  • As a child what you wanted to be when you grew up: Pilot
  • Favorite Superhero: Thor
  • Favorite Athlete:  Roger Federer 
  • Favorite Sports Team:  Manchester United 
  • Favorite Movie or TV Show: Harry Potter and Brooklyn Nine-Nine  
  • Favorite Food: Nando’s
  • Favorite Vacation Spot:  Cape Town 
  • Instagram Account: lesshikavala
  • Your Motivation Music: Deep House 
  • Favorite Thing About FMU: The tennis team and friendly atmosphere. 
  • Favorite Off-Field Activity: Spending time with my family and friends
  • Goals for Upcoming Season: Play to the best of my ability for myself and my team
  • Why you first chose your sport: When I walked onto the court for the first time, I thoroughly enjoyed the game and I refused to come of the court, I guess you could call it, love at first sight. 
  • The biggest mental challenge to you improving faster: To maintain a good balance on and off the court and work on self-discipline
  • Interesting Notes: Sports Girl for four consecutive years at school; Student Council and Hostel Leader in final high school year; represented South African High Schools Tennis for six consecutive years
  • Any Brush With Greatness: Met South African cricketer Dale Steyn and South African tennis player Raven Klassen; once attended Wimbledon and had a brief moment with Serena Williams and Stan Wawrinka

CAREER TOTALS:

Year      Singles          Doubles   
2019 12-6 6-10
2018 6-9 6-11
Totals 18-15 12-21