call leads Dimond's Sena to Baylor
Goalie just one of state's standouts major colleges are pursuing.
Anchorage Daily News
(Published: April 19, 2002)
On the soccer field, Dimond senior goalkeeper Tanya Sena has an eagle eye.
When it came to college recruitment, however, she was blindsided when
Division I Baylor University of Waco, Texas, called in February.
Sena, a two-time all-Region IV selection and a member of the all-state
tournament team who helped the Lynx into last spring's state championship
final, signed a letter of intent Tuesday with Baylor after a whirlwind
recruiting dance with the Bears.
"It was a shock," said Sena, 18, who moved to Anchorage from
Texas six years ago. "I didn't know anybody was even looking at
Actually, the 5-foot-9 Sena was being actively recruited by several
Division II universities and NAIA schools. But the call from Baylor came
out of the blue at the end of February, following an NCAA coaches'
conference at which the Bears' coaches learned about the Alaska goalie.
Apparently, somebody remembered her play with Team Alaska last spring
in the President's Cup tournament in Phoenix, an annual showcase attended
by dozens of college scouts. Sena, who has 17 career shutouts entering her
senior season, also competed with the AK United club in the Western
Regional championships and in the Pleasanton Cup in California last
The Baylor staff contacted Larry Zirkle, Sena's coach with the AK
United club, and within weeks she was touring the Baylor campus and
meeting her future teammates.
"Their facilities are so nice, and they offer so much for their
athletes," Sena said. "Especially with academics. They they have
tutors available to make sure you keep your grades up."
Academics were a key factor for Sena, who carries a 3.7 grade-point
average in Advance Placement classes. She plans to study pre-med and
biology on a scholarship, which will pay half of her costs this year and
which could turn into a full ride in the future.
"They said I'd have a good opportunity for a lot of playing
time," Sena said. "I'm really looking forward to it."