Name: Eileen Boyle

Sport: Women’s tennis

Hometown: Burr Ridge, Ill.

High School: St. Ignatius College Prep

School/Year: COL ’07

Major: English

Minor: Spanish

Certificate: Latin American Studies

High School Highlights: 2000-2003: No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles positions; 2001: coach’s award; 2002: state qualifier, sectional winner at No. 1 doubles; 2003: MVP, state qualifier, sectional runner-up, IHSA all-state academic team.

Georgetown Highlights: 2004: captain’s award; 2006-2007: captain; 2004-2007: ITA national academic all-American team; 2004-2007: Big East conference all-academic.

When did you first start playing tennis? I started when I was 8 or 9 at a Park District. It was a bad experience. I was playing with a bunch of older kids. I had a white racket with multicolored strings. You could tell it wasn’t really good. The first ball I hit with this group, the racket fell out of my hand and flew across the court. It is kind of surprising that I kept going. I guess I really liked the competition. My family had always been into sports, so it seemed natural to keep going. I slowly weeded out all the other sports I was not so good at.

What has been your most memorable tennis moment? Sophomore year, at UConn, I was the last match on the court, the deciding match. It went to three sets. I remember my team being so nervous for me. For every changeover, they had to switch who was coaching. I ended up winning the match. It was the first time we beat UConn since 1991.

Who on the team do you rely on the most? Liz Winokur (COL ’08). She is the co-captain, we are really great friends. I think the dynamic we have is really good for the team, but we are building on our friendship, too. It has been an honor being co-captain of the team.

When [Head Coach] Gordie [Ernst] told me over the summer, I was thrilled. It showed me that there was a new era with a new Georgetown coach. It was important to me to be captain. My first year, I got a leadership award, and I knew since then I wanted to stick with tennis.

Who is your biggest rival? GW. I think it is a territorial thing, seeing that they are so close. Nothing against them personally, but I get great pleasure beating them. They are not even in our conference.

Any superstitions? I am never finished warming up until the other team is finished. I want to get in my opponent’s head a little bit, and the other half is that I genuinely want to finish warming up.

If you could be great at any other sport or event besides tennis, what would it be? Soccer. When I was younger, I think – this is bad that it has carried on for so long – all the cool kids played soccer on the traveling team. I guess that it has just stayed with me.

What was the last song you heard on your iPod? `Looks,’ by Mike Doughty. He was the lead singer from Soul Coughing. My roommate says my taste is `Ec-a-lectic,’ but what she really meant was `eclectic.’

What do you like to do when you are not playing tennis? My roommates would probably tell you I dance all the time. Study breaks, weekends, dancing, running. That’s about it.

What is the last book you read for fun? This is embarrassing: `The Devil Wears Prada.’ It was so good and such a page-turner. It is far away from my own reality that it’s really enjoyable.

The one thing you miss the most about home? Family dinners. I am the youngest of four, so they are not always lovey-dovey, but it is a good political discussion. We talk about anything. I miss Shepherd’s Pie. It is an Irish dish my Mom makes.

Most prized possession? Probably my backpack. Adriann Gin (COL ’08) would like that. I literally carry it everywhere. I can’t think of an activity I do without it; it is embarrassing. It is attached to me wherever I go – I even bring it to the court with me. I don’t even like it all that much.

Most embarrassing moment? I was sitting with my friend in the cafeteria. He was flipping through a magazine. He joked about buying me jewelry, and I told him no. I flipped the page and it was all babies, and I blurted out, `I’d like one of them!’ Oops, that was awkward.

Favorite professional tennis player? Jennifer Capriati. She started playing tennis and was really good at a young age, left the sport and came back. It shows strength of character.

What is one word people use to describe you? Busy. That’s lame, though.

What is your worst habit? Over-analyzing things.

If someone made a movie about your life, what actress would play you? Probably Beyoncé. Granted, she just started acting, but I like her so much that I think it would be good match. It’s the truth.

Freshman dorm? Village C West. There was some point where in the common room we decided to throw eggs out the window. Stupid freshmen.

Favorite TV show? I don’t watch television. I am really not good at watching TV. I am thinking about a billion different things so I can never sit still.

Favorite Movie? `Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.’ It has to be `Havana Nights.’ It is set Cuba and there is Latin ballroom dancing.

Biggest pet peeve? Wasting time. That’s not funny. I really just can’t stand it.

Who in your life has inspires you the most? My parents, but also Liz on the team. My friend Aartie [Manansingh (SFS ’07)]. . I think I take a bunch of their best qualities and put it together into an idea role model thing. It is good to keep in mind, but there is always room for improvement with that kind of role model.

Any advice for people who want to join tennis? We need good doubles players, people who close the net. Committed, dedicated, and people who are really willing to work hard.

Booey’s or Wisey’s? Booey’s, because if I go out and eat, I like to sit down. It has nothing to do with the food.

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