Sports Spotlight: Elizabeth Felderman
BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - Mandan’s Elizabeth Felderman has won 75.6 percent of her varsity tennis matches so far.
The Braves senior has 143 all-time wins which is a school record and remember last year’s season did not happen. It’s just one of the many reasons why Elizabeth is the subject of this week’s Sports Spotlight.
The Mandan tennis program has not lost a conference match all spring long, in part to consistent play from senior Felderman.
Tennis is in the family for the Feldermans.
“My mom played tennis in high school and college so she started me really young, and so I’ve been playing ever since”, said Felderman.
Felderman is committed to continue playing at Minnesota State-Mankato next season, after a record-breaking career for the Braves.
Having the school record for singles and doubles wins in a career, and overall wins in a career; Felderman says that record is something she’s eyed for a long time.
“You know it means a lot because I’ve been working really hard for the past few years and I really wanted it. That was my goal actually to get that record so I’m really happy about it,” said Felderman.
Like other spring high school athletes around the country, there was no season in 2020, but Felderman said not too much changed for her and her family.
“I actually spent most of my time playing tennis. I played with my sister all the time, I played with my family, so I spent most of my time playing tennis like normal,” said Felderman.
Felderman is the first athlete under coach Paul Christen to be moving onto the college level, and he knew from the early years she was special.
“I first saw Elizabeth play probably when she was a sixth-grader, and I knew she was going to be a special player,” said Christen. “She’s worked really hard throughout the years just to get better at different aspects of her game. She’s meant a lot to not only her sister but her teammates. She’s really helped bring them along and got them excited to be better too because they know that she gives our squad pretty much a win in every match.”
Those differences Felderman made on the court over the years can never be taken away, and she’s still hoping for more out of her teammates.
“I just want everyone to have that work ethic, and have the motivation to get to state and get to be one of the top players in the state, or be one of the top teams in the state, because we have the potential there,” said Felderman.
Of Elizabeth’s 143 wins, 75 have been as a singles player and 68 are in doubles. Mandan beat Minot yesterday to take over sole possession of first place in the West Region.
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