Ansley Speaks
Ansley Speaks
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Simpsonville, S.C.
High School: Mauldin

Prep/Personal:  Ansley Speaks, a five-star recruit who ranked as high as 19th nationally on tennisrecruiting.net, was the winningest player of all time in Region II-4A with a 191-20 overall combined record for singles and doubles.  A four-time 4A-3A state singles champion and four-time South Carolina High School Player of the Year, she was named the region player of the year six-consecutive seasons and earned four all-state citations, while leading her Mauldin team to a 65-0 streak from 2010-12, including three 4A state championships and six upper state crowns.  Speaks was honored as the USTA S.C. Female Tennis Player of the Year in 2011 after winning the Girls 16’s National Open Doubles Championship.  A member of the S.C. Southern Cup Team from 2007-12, she placed third in the 2012 Girls 18’s National Open Singles Tournament.  Speaks, a High School All-American and National AP Scholar who ranked third in her graduating class, is a member of the National Honor Society and a Wendy’s Heisman state finalist.  Ansley Lauren Speaks was born on January 8, 1995, in Columiba, S.C., to Chris and Jan Speaks.  Her father played quarterback at Furman from 1984-88, while her mother, the former Jan Ingold, was a member of the Furman swim team from 1985-89.  She is undecided on her major.

Getting to Know Ansley Speaks 

Favorite Restaurant: Olive Garden                  

Favorite Band: Imagine Dragons

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite Movie: The Blind Side

Favorite TV Show: NCIS

Craziest ambition: Sky diving

Best non-athletic talent: Eating

First job I ever had: Teaching tennis camps

Dream job: Playing professional tennis

Favorite Pro sports team: Pittsburg Steelers

Something people don’t know about you: I have a miniature sized thumb

Proudest athletic accomplishment: Winning high school singles for 4 years

Most famous person you’ve met: Tim Tebow

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actress to play me: Jennifer Lawrence

Pro player I’d most like to play against: Ana Ivanovic

If you could play mixed doubles with any pro player, who would you choose? Rafael Nadal

Name one of your athletic role models that isn’t a tennis player and tell why you admire them.

Michael Jordan because I really value his work ethic and determination.

What is the most important political issue to you right now? Healthcare reform

The reality show I’d go on: Jeopardy

If I’m cooking, we’re having: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

If you had one day to live, how would you spend it?  Being at home with my family and talking to my friends and family

If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be?  Jesus, Peyton Manning, Roger Federer

What would you do to make this world better?  Get rid of childhood cancer

If you were not a tennis player, what would you be?  Cross country runner

Most valuable item you own?  My Bible