Rice student turns in books for tennis racket

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by Daniel Gotera / KHOU 11 Sports

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Posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 11:49 PM

HOUSTON – Senior Dylan Tozier was a normal Rice student.

"The first three years was more of a standard college experience," says Tozier.

The senior from Tampa is a chemical engineering and math major and while he played tennis in high school the sport was never in his future plans.

"I had played tournaments for a while through about sophomore year in high school and after that, I guess I just got kind of tired of playing in them," says Tozier. "It became more of a hobby."

Last year, everything changed. Dylan was encouraged by several members of the Rice varsity team to try out and to his surprise, he actually made it.

"I’ve loved it, it’s been great," says Tozier. "It’s not a dream come true but it’s nice to have something that I’ve done all my life kind of turn into something reasonable."

"You could see it with each week, each month that he was catching up to the ball a little bit better," says Rice tennis coach Efe Ustundag. "The transformation between August and April has been tremendous."

Now, he’s gained a true appreciation of what it means to be a student-athlete.

"You can’t go to as many parties, you have to wake up early. I know I couldn’t have done it for four years," says Tozier. "I didn’t want to look back and say to myself ‘I could have done that’."

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