Prep profile: Bailey Budnik

Prep profile: Bailey Budnik


Prep profile: Bailey Budnik



“I really never had a nickname that stuck with me, but sometimes people like to call me Bailes, short for Bailey.”

Sports Bailey competes in

“As a freshman I competed in tennis and basketball. This upcoming year I’m strongly considering running track also.”

All-time team sports achievement

“Last year when I was a freshman, our team took second at sectionals, which was such a big deal because we were so close to getting to team state. Also last summer my club tennis team made it to Indiana, which was a huge accomplishment for us.”

All-time individual achievement

“It would definitely be having a 31-2 record last season and getting to State. Its going to be hard to repeat that.”

No. 1 athletic goal

“During my next three years I really want to try and place at State. Also, its one of my number one goals to be able to play college tennis.”

Bailey’s thoughts

“As a team I think we all really stepped up to the plate this year. Last season we lost our No. 1 doubles, Nos. 2,3 and 4 singles so there were a lot of holes to fill. We have some awesome players that just came out this year and helped out our team a ton. I think we can definitely do well in our conference and hopefully repeat our sectional results last year. Individually, my season has been a huge eye opener for myself. Going into the season I had high expectations for myself, but I fell short of those. I learned that even though I lost more this season, it doesn’t really matter what the record is. All that counts is if I play every match the best I can, and if I loose, theirs nothing you can do about it. There’s always another match out there, and you can’t get dwell on the past. Overall our season has been going great though.”

Coach Jacques Verbauwhede’s thoughts

“It’s great coaching Bailey, she works really hard. Her experience, from last year to this has grown as has her mental toughness. She’s playing tough opponents and doesn’t get down on her self and keeps working hard. The experience she’s shown is great. Having her step up at No. 1 singles last year as a freshman. I just pencil her name into the lineup every match. I don’t have to worry about that spot because she goes out and wins most of her matches which is a great luxury to have. Girls really like her off the court, she’s real pleasant to be around.”

Bailey’s favorites

* Sport: Tennis

* Pro/college athlete: Rodger Federer or Donald Driver

* Pro/college team: “Badgers or University of North Dakota because that’s where my brothers went.”

* Musical artist or group: Ed Sheeran or Ryan Beatty

* Song of all time: “100 Years” by Five For Fighting

* TV show: Castle

* Movie: The Great Gatsby

* Class: Chemistry or Pre-Calc

* Food: “Anything Mexican.”

* Saying or piece of advice: “‘Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well’. To me it pretty much means tomorrow will never come, so you should start living in the present instead of always pushing things aside.”

* Hobby: “I really love being outdoors. One of my favorite things to do is go skiing every winter.”

What if …

* You could listen to a song minutes before the biggest athletic event of your life to get you hyped. What would it be? “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf. “My brother and I always use to listen to that song before his college football games.”

Quick Q&A

* Who inspires you most? “My mom and dad play a big role for who I look up to. They’re always there supporting me and always looking out for my well being.”

* What is your dream vacation destination? “Australia for sure.”

* Who’s the toughest opponent you have ever faced? “It would have to be Ellie Zimmerman last year during conference. She won State as a freshman, so definitely the most talented girl I’ve ever played.”

* What’s your No. 1 pet peeve? “When I can hear people chewing. It drives me crazy.”

* What do you want to do for a living? “I don’t know exactly for sure yet but I have a lot of things I’m interested in. I will have to see what path I choose to take.”

* Why are sports important to you? “They not only keep you active and healthy, but sports can teach you many things. You learn how to deal with your own problems, situations that may occur and you have to fight your way out it. They teach you how to be a good sport about things in life, and show us that you can not always win everything. I’m really glad I get to have sports be a major part of my life.”

* Which Facebook friend has the most interesting status updates and best photos? “I actually don’t even really use or go on Facebook anymore so I couldn’t tell you.”

* What’s your strength as a person? “I think I have a really good competitive drive and try giving it my all in everything I do. Also, I think I am really good at controlling my emotions, especially on the tennis court. I’ve learned that throwing fits of anger never actually helps you in the long run at all.”

* What do you still need to work on? “I think I have to work on being more patient. Sometimes I find myself being impatient for things that I really shouldn’t be.”

* Do you have any pre-game rituals? “I always like having the black score cards instead of the red ones for a match. I don’t know what it is but I feel like it is good luck. It doesn’t help that I go to Lincoln, whose main color is red.”

* Top person you follow, or would follow, on Twitter? “Riley Wetenkamp always has some good tweets. I could definitely retweet almost all of her tweets.”


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