Andrea Jansson grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden, where the majority of outdoor courts are clay.
But the UND junior tennis player admits "you can't really see that in my game."
No, Jansson doesn't hit big looping topspin shots from the baseline like most clay courters. She plays more of a power game, driving the ball low over the net.
That style has worked out quite well for her.
Before Jansson's junior year of high school, her family moved to Edina, Minn., where clay courts are few and far between, and hard courts are the standard. In Edina, Jansson rolled to two state team championships in two years before embarking on a college career she had dreamed of since hearing her father's stories about his playing days at Murray State.
"I've always really wanted to play college tennis," Jansson said. "When we moved to Minneapolis, I thought I actually had a chance.
"My coach who I was practicing with in Minneapolis, Kevin Whipple, played with (UND associate) coach Kyle (Anderson) at Gustavus. That's how I got in contact with UND."
This weekend, Jansson opened her junior season with a three-day event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, carrying plenty of momentum.
Jansson finished finished last season by going 10-3 in her last 13 singles matches. She won her last four in straight sets, including a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Summit League powerhouse Denver's No. 3 player, Britt Pursell.
Against Summit League opponents, Jansson went 6-1 in singles. Her only loss was a three-set defeat, 7-5 in the third, to Kansas City's Riddhi Sharma. Jansson turned around and beat Sharma less than a month later 6-2, 6-3.
Jansson earned all-Summit League honors. She also was one of five named to the all-academic Summit League team, posting a 4.0 grade-point average while double majoring in marketing and management.
Jansson continued her momentum this summer, winning the Red River Open in Fargo. She beat the University of Colorado's Ellen Puzak in straight sets in the final. Jansson also won the doubles title with Puzak.
"I feel like my consistency has gotten a lot better," Jansson said of her game's progress in college. "My doubles has improved, too. We play a lot more doubles now, which I think is super fun."
The UND program had a major change in the offseason with longtime coach Tom Wynne retiring after 30 seasons at the helm. Tom Boysen replaced Wynne as the head coach, while Anderson has remained on staff as the associate head coach.
"I feel like we have a really, really good team," said Jansson, who will serve as co-captain alongside Allie Ochotorena. "We all get along so well. I think that's what has made it so fun. We have good coaches, a nice facility. . . I've had a lot of fun."
The Fighting Hawks have some high hopes team-wise this season, after missing a spot in the Summit League final by just a single set in the spring.
They return four of their top six from that team in Jansson, Ochotorena, Sapir Sela and Nina Zdravkovic.
"We have a very solid lineup," Jansson said. "Everyone is close to each other. Anyone can beat anyone, which makes it fun."