Some may know him as their supportive Residence Assistant in the Visitation, others know him as the charismatic volleyball player, and still, some may know him as the dynamic tennis player.
Simply put, sophomore Eric Zirzow just does it all. Zirzow came to Loras for athletics and for the positive environment.
Since coming here, he has been met with positivity and encouragement from his teammates, his coaches and the Residence Life staff. But even among all his success, he has also faced many challenges. It is not easy being a two sport athlete and an RA. Time management is the biggest component in making everything work.
“Giving my all to whatever I commit to is important to me. I am thankful to have the coaches and RA leaders in my corner that are not only supportive and understanding, but also encouraging of my choice to take on two sports and the RA position,” stated Zirzow.
His choice to take on everything would not be possible without his dedication and support from the Loras community. Just because Zirzow is busy with all of his activities does not mean he is any less committed than his teammates. He has set his goals high with the tennis conference tournament in fall season and in the upcoming traditional spring season. Although he had a few minor setbacks at the individual conference tournament just this past weekend, he is not going to let that stop him. Not only does he want to succeed as an individual, but also the success of the program is just as important.
“I would like to help contribute to the continued success of the program while improving my own play. Coach Fenwick has been working with me to improve my technique and other aspects of my tennis game. I continue to work hard and not take anything for granted,” said Zirzow.
With this attitude, he has found success both on and off the court. For Zirzow, tennis is a great outlet from the normal day to day business. He takes each practice and each match as a new and exciting opportunity where he can positively add to the culture of the Loras community and the Loras tennis program. He has found a way to make time to not only be an RA in the Vis but also to play tennis and volleyball. If you want to watch Zirzow in action on the tennis court, sadly you will have to wait until the men’s traditional spring season as they have wrapped up their fall season as a team.
The men’s team had an overall strong showing in their non-traditional fall season. After beating St. Ambrose 8-1, the men went on to their individual conference tournament. In singles, Zirzow missed his shot at the quarterfinals after losing to Nebraska Wesleyan in the semifinals. The dynamic duo of sophomores Sean Baldwin and Riley Michel went on to take second place in the B-flight doubles. The rest of the men’s team were faced with tough competition but fought hard. Although the team competition is done for the fall, only a select few will travel to Minnesota on Sept. 30 for the ITA’s.