SWITCH TO NATURAL GAS… OR INSTALL DEVICES TO CAPTURE EMISSIONS.THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE COMMITTED TO INCREASING THE USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY IN OUR STATE ROD: IT’S NO SECRET THAT OF SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY’S SPORTS, BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL GET MOST OF THE ATTENTION. BUT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THE WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM HAS QUIETLY HAD ITS MOST SUCESSFUL SEASONS IN HISTORY. CHRISTIE: MUCH OF THAT SUCCESS CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO GRADUATING SENIOR GABRIELA KNUTSON. BUT AS NEWSCHANNEL NINE’S ANDREW DONOVAN SHOWS US, SHE’S LEARNED TO LOVE LIFE OFF THE COURT EVEN MORE. “I’m Gabriella Knutson.” “I’m Gabriela Knutson, we’re following breaking news.” ANDREW: NEWSCHANNEL NINE IS LUCKY TO HONE THE TALENTS OF MANY GREAT INTERNS. “I either want to be a journalist, or a public relations professional. we’ll see. I’m debating.” BUT ONLY ONE HAS THE TALENT ON THE TENNIS COURT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY. GABRIELA KNUTSON, CURRENTLY THE 14TH BEST IN THE N-C-A-A, PROUDLY WEARS SYRACUSE ORANGE. SHE HAS THE SECOND MOST CAREER WINS IN PROGRAM HISTORY. THE TEAM HAS ONLY BEEN TO THREE N- C-A-A TOURNAMENTS. ALL THREE, WITH GABRIELLA. SUCCESS THAT CAME WITH SACRIFICE. “I dedicated my life to tennis until i was about three years old. I didn’t go to high school, school since fifth grade. my whole life was tennis.” HER FAMILY MOVED TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC WHEN GABRIELA WAS TEN. A CHILDHOOD AS A TENNIS PLAYER INVOLVED HOURS ON THE ROAD, SLEEPING IN THE CAR AND TAKING HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES ONLINE. LONLINESS THAT MADE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY A FRESH START. “It was just incredible. I went a little friend crazy, I was talking to everyone. I loved it. It was crazy to have a professor right there.” “she found that balance. balance between working extremely hard in the classroom, on the court and also having balance with her friends. off the court” THAT BALANCE CONTINUES. AFTER GABRIELA GETS HER DIPLOMA SUNDAY, SHE’LL NEED TO QUICKLY PUT IT DOWN AND PICK UP A TENNIS RACKET TO PRACTICE FOR THE N-C-A-A SINGLES TOURNAMENT THE WEEK AFTER. “all their seniors are living their best college lives right now, it’s the last week of school. they are having fun, and for me, i have individuals left after im going to graduate. it’s a compromise and a sacrifice that i have to make.” SHE’S MADE THE HARD DECIDED NOT TO SACRIFICE MUCH LONGER. SHE’LL PLAY ONE MORE YEAR, NEXT YEAR, AT DURHAM UNIVERSITY IN LONDON, WHILE WORKING ON HER MASTERS. SHE’S PASSING UP A PROFESSIONAL CAREER. I think I could do it. but there’s something in me that loves school, loves my friends, and I don’t want to live as nomad and dedicate my life to tennis. 38:16 SHE’LL SERVE UP HER TALENT AND WORK ETHIC ON ANOTHER COURT. IN SYRACUSE, ANDREW DONOVAN, NEWSCHANNEL NINE. CHRISTIE: GABRIELA SAYS TENNIS WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF HER LIFE. SHE HOPES TO TEACH LESSONS, AND HELP HER OWN CHILDREN PLAY TENNIS SOMEDAY. CONGRATULATIONS TO GABBY AND HER CLASSMATES. YOU CAN WATCH SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY’S COMMENCEMENT SUNDAY MORNING – LIVE AT 9:30 A-M ON ME-T-V… CHANNEL NINE- POINT-TWO…

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