Though no events or games are taking place this fall on campus, St. Bonaventure student-athletes still have great stories to tell. During the fall semester, GoBonnies.com will feature members from each of our 17 Division I teams – how they're adjusting to the new norms of campus life, preparing for the upcoming seasons and more.
In this edition, we feature women's tennis freshman Anastasia Gubanova.
Gubanova is originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, but moved to the Rochester area where she played tennis for The Harley School. There she would become a Sectional Champion and also earned a sixth place finish at the New York State Tournament. Gubanova was also named a Finger Lakes East All-Star.
At St. Bonaventure, Gubanova is studying exercise science.
What made you choose St. Bonaventure?
My friend, Emily Stanley, is on the tennis team here so I became familiar with St. Bonaventure and then Coach Bates reached out to me. When I came for a visit, I loved the campus.
How has not having fall matches impacted your normal preparation for spring?
I was alright with not having matches this fall. It allowed me to get back in shape and work on the technical side of my game for the spring season.
If you were not playing tennis, what sport do you think you would be playing?
Probably soccer. My dad is pretty into soccer and I enjoy watching it as well.
What are some things you did to try and stay in shape over the summer?
I went to work out at the public school fields near my house and my coach at home had me doing workouts as well, so I could get the best start to my college career as possible.
What advice would you give your fellow Bonnies?
We are all going through this together so the best thing we can do is follow the rules and hopefully we will be back playing our sports soon.
How have you adjusted to campus?
I have adjusted pretty well. It was pretty easy to find friends and get to know people in my classes.
Did you face any challenges getting to campus due to the pandemic?
I decided to stay in the United States this summer rather than go back to Russia, so getting onto campus was not challenging.
Did you develop any new hobbies during quarantine?
I started making the classic friendship bracelets again to keep me busy at night.
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