Athlete Spotlight featuring Valerie Bresnahan

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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For this edition of Athlete’s Spotlight the inSIDER features MSU Women’s Tennis player Valerie Bresnahan. Bresnahan is a Senior this year, is from St. Peter, MN, and is a two-time selection to the NSIC All-Academic Team. Let’s find out more about her.

  1. What three words best describe you?
    • Determined
    • Organized
    • Happy
  2. What tops your list of pet peeves?
    • People being inconsiderate
  3. As the only human left on Earth, what would you do?
    • Befriend animals
  4. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?
    • In 7thgrade, I threw a tantrum when I realized I was only going out for the tennis team because my older sister played tennis…
  5. Who is your all-time favorite sports star?
    • Babe Ruth
  6. What is your most prized possession?
    • My laptop with old pictures and files
  7. What three items can always be found in your refrigerator.
    • Eggs
    • Yogurt
    • Milk
  8.  What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
    • I know how to make people smile.
  9. Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
    • Sam Hunt
  10.  What movie title best describes your life?
    • It’s a Wonderful Life
  11.  What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
    • Wednesday, I forgot there was a snow emergency in my parking lot when I was on campus from 8a.m.-6 p.m. and my car didn’t get towed. That was pretty lucky.
  12.  What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get the point of?
    • Crocs.
  13.  If all jobs had the same pay and hours, what job would you like to have?
    • I would work in retail for a home improvement store and name paint colors.
  14. Who inspires you to be better?
    • My teammates inspire me every day – especially when they run faster, lift more weight, or hit a harder forehand than I can.
  15.  What is something you will NEVER do again?
    • I will never drink coffee after 4p.m. again.
  16.  What TV show or movie do you refuse to watch?
    • The Conjuring 2
  17.  If you could have a super power, what would it be? 
    • Invisibility
  18.  If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? 
    • Buy baseball tickets to a game at every major league field in the U.S.
  19.  What type of music would you (do you) sing in the shower? 
    • Backstreet Boys
  20.  What do you like most about Minnesota State University, Mankato? 
    • I love calling myself a Maverick and all of the friends I get to share that title with.

Thank you to Valerie for taking the time to answer these questions. The Athlete Spotlight will be a new weekly segment in order to feature Spring sport athletes throughout the rest of Spring semester and help readers get to know MSU athletes a little bit better. If you are an athlete or know of an athlete who should be featured on the Athlete Spotlight, send an email to

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