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Griffin Rasche
Griffin Rasche
Women's Tennis
April 28, 2016

Griffin Rasche comes from a very tennis-enthused family.

Her parents Brenda and Simon Rasche III have coached tennis for 28 years in Camanche, Iowa. Her brother, Brayton, also played tennis for Ashford University. Griffin’s aunt Cindy Rasche has even coached her when she was in high school. Griffin gives her family credit for everything she knows about tennis, and she feels blessed to have them in her life.

Griffin is from Clinton, Iowa and she is a sophomore at SAU. She is dual majoring in both Multimedia Journalism and Strategic Communications all while minoring in art. After she graduates she plans to pursue her master’s degree in order to become a News Producer or PR Crisis Specialist. In her spare time she loves to be outdoors and active, but she will still sit down and relax by reading a good book, drawing, catching a movie, or even shopping.

This year, Griffin and her team have been doing amazingly well. They only lost one dual match during the fall season. In the current Spring season they finished 14-7 even after they lost three out of their top six players. Every year the women’s tennis team goes to Orlando, Fla., and this time they won four out of the five dual matches they had. Their coach, Rich Blomgren said this was the best season he had seen in his time coaching at St. Ambrose.

Griffin plays both doubles and singles and they both offer a unique challenge. She has no problem switching her partner, in fact no one has a consistent partner all season. They obviously possess great adaptation skills since they usually win two out of three matches, But singles is more of a personal challenge for Griffin. There’s more energy and she’s always in control. It allows her to learn from her mistakes.