Alyssa Kush

Westmont Hilltop sophomore Alyssa Kush is the Female Spotlight Athlete of the Week for Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Name: Alyssa Kush

School: Westmont Hilltop

Age: 15

Grade: 10

Sports: Tennis, swimming and volleyball

Parents: Mike and Michelle Kush, of Westmont

Athletic achievements: District 6 Class AA singles tennis champion, state quarterfinalist for tennis, coach’s award for outstanding singles achievement, Adele Dovey Award, Laurel Highlands all-conference team; district qualifier for swimming.

Coach’s quote: “Alyssa has the drive and determination to become a very special tennis player. Her work ethic and competitive nature makes her a great example to all of her teammates. She finished in the top eight in the state last year as a freshman and I look forward to what she may accomplish in the next three years. She excels at the sport she loves and is a pleasure to coach.” — Westmont Hilltop tennis coach Dan Fregly

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Interstellar”

Favorite book or video game: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Favorite food: Tacos

Favorite teachers (and what they teach): Mr. Patula (math) and Mr. Hardesty (geography)

Favorite song: “Better” by Khalid

Outside interests: Golf, violin, having pinochle tournaments with my family, game design, hanging with my cousins, solving Rubik’s cubes

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?: A bird because I would love to fly.

Favorite athletic team: Pittsburgh Penguins

Athlete most admired: Roger Federer

Most influential person on my athletic career: My dad (coach)

Most impressive athlete that you have competed against: My brother, Adam

Proudest athletic achievement: When I won a national doubles tennis title in Rome, Georgia when I was 12.

How I got my start: My dad started teaching/coaching me when I was 4

Future goal: To win a state singles title for my school; to play tennis at a good D1 college and major in engineering.

Cory Isenberg is a sports reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5080.​ Follow her on Twitter @CoryIsenbergTD.

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