Inside Access: Jordi Ballester

March 15, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Jordi Ballester has made an immediate impact with the JU men's tennis team after spending the 2006 campaign at Fresno State.

In 2006, the Spain native tallied a record of 13-5 to help the Bulldogs earn a No. 46 national ranking. He continues to play well this season with a 9-3 record at the No. 1 singles position guiding the Dolphins to a 8-4 overall mark.

Ballester also became the first JU player since 2005 to earn Atlantic Sun Conference "Player of the Week" honors after earning two No. 1 singles wins against Campbell and Hampton. On March 3, he defeated the Fighting Camels' Gabriel Delarue (6-2, 7-5) before defeating Hampton's Seo-Jae Chang (6-1, 6-2) a day later. This award is also Ballester's first in his tennis career.

Ballester and the Dolphins will be back on the court Saturday as they host Lafayette at the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex. First serve is set for 10 a.m. Another victory on Saturday will extend their winning streak to six matches.

JUDOLPHINS.COM sat down with Ballester to ask him a few questions.

Top Ten: Question & Answer Session

Who is your favorite tennis player? Andre Agassi

PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360? Playstation 3

What made you decide Jacksonville University was for you? Because of the location, the JU tradition, coach Camerota, a peaceful environment to improve mentally and physically as a person

What is your favorite movie? "Gladiator"

What do you like to do when you're not on the tennis court? Have fun with my friends, internet, chill out, listen music and play soccer.

Who is your favorite team to play against? UNF

What place would you like to visit the most? Japan

What is your favorite sport besides tennis? Snowboarding

Do you have any pre-game/post-game rituals? Pregame: Listen music Postgame: Chill with my friends

Who is your favorite superhero? Superman

What is your most embarrassing moment? A presentation in class in front of 50 people

If you were stuck on an island name three things that you would bring with you and why? Clothes, Ipod, surfboard Clothes to be warm during the night, Ipod to feel in company and surfboard to enjoy the waves.

Describe yourself in five words. Happy, Friendly, Helpful, Funny, and Hard worker