Katelyn Arnold: So you’ve had a really strong start to your final season, going 6-0 to open up the spring. How do you feel?
Rocine Moschella: I feel really confident in our team. We have a really unusual team this year. All the starters are seniors or freshmen, so it’s a really interesting team dynamic, but I think it works out really well.
KA: You were also named a captain. What was that like?
RM: I was very excited. I was actually a captain last year as well, but I feel like this year, being a co-captain with Tori [Almeida], we really have a good team dynamic.
KA: Has your role changed at all?
RM: I’d say not since last season. I think that this season though, because we have so many freshmen starting, my role on the team is really to be a role model for them.
KA: How does this season compare to your past seasons for you individually?
RM: I think this season, being a senior, I’m much more relaxed on the court and play with a lot less pressure.
KA: How does this team compare to other teams you’ve had at Lafayette?
RM: I think this is, so far out of my three years, close to the best, if not the best team that we’ve had. I think we have a really good chance to beat some teams that we’ve previously lost close matches to in the Patriot League, especially.
KA: What are you hoping to accomplish?
RM: We’re hoping to beat Colgate. That would be a really big win for us. Also, to finish above where we finished the last few years in the Patriot League.
KA: What about you individually?
RM: Playing for singles is really tough. There’s a lot of really good players at first, so I’d like to be able to win most of my matches at first singles.
KA: What has been your favorite tennis memory at Lafayette?
RM: I think it would be when we played Mount St. Mary’s last year, and I clinched the match for our team 4-3, and I won in the third set tie breaker.
KA: When did you start playing tennis?
RM: When I was four years old.
KA: Do you think you’ll continue playing after graduation?
RM: Yeah, I definitely think I’ll play for fun, either with my family or with friends just back at home.
KA: What, or maybe who, has been the biggest influence on you as a tennis player?
RM: I would say my mom. She really helped me growing up with all the training, and she plays tennis as well.
KA: You’re also a government and law and economics double major. What has been your favorite class you’ve taken at Lafayette?
RM: Professor Miller’s 300-level political theory course. It was a really discussion-based course and we were able to talk a lot about current events.
KA: What is your favorite campus hangout spot?
RM: Campus Pizza.
KA: Favorite movie?
RM: “Inglorious Basterds.”
KA: Celebrity crush?
KA: Favorite Lafayette tradition?
KA: One piece of advice you’d pass on to a freshman at Lafayette?
RM: I’d say, especially as an athlete, it’s what you make of it. What you put in is what you’re going to get out of the athletics at Lafayette.