Hixson said Waller’s helped her with a number of elements of her game: “My strokes, mostly, just like changing little things. Where I need to place the ball, ball-placement, definitely that, and just my footwork, how to set up for a ball.”
As a player, Hixson said the backhand stroke seemed more natural at first, but over time she’s come to use her forehand more and more.
Danish professional player and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniaki, Hixson said, is her favorite player.
“She always goes for her shots,” Hixson said of Wozniaki. “She’s confident.”
However this season goes, it won’t be Hixson’s last playing competitive tennis. She’s been offered a tennis scholarship to Seminole State College, where she’ll play for coach Brian Nelson.
“He’s a really nice coach,” Hixson said of Nelson. “I think he’s really involved with the team.”
Hixson said she plans to study nursing at Seminole. A nursing degree normally takes three years to obtain, she said, so Hixson might take extra classes over the summer to finish the degree at Seminole, which is a two-year school.
Hixson said she’s particularly interested in psychiatric nursing, but could work in other fields if necessary.
“The human mind, I don’t you could probably ever figure it out,” Hixson said. “It’s always different.”
Along with tennis, Hixson has been a four-year member of McAlester’s volleyball team. Though she said tennis’ combination of individual play and team camaraderie appeals to her more, she’s still enjoyed playing volleyball enough to keep at it.
During the fall 2013 volleyball season, Hixson played libero, a defensive specialist who only plays in the back row.
“I love to pass,” Hixson said. “I love getting that good pass to the setter to finish off the point.”