FOUNTAIN LAKE — Fountain Lake senior Jordan Lancaster might be persevering with her tennis profession on the collegiate stage subsequent yr after signing a letter of intent to play at Covenant School, an NCAA Division III faculty simply throughout the Georgia state line from Chattanooga, Tenn.
Lancaster inked her letter throughout a ceremony within the Irvin J. Bass Gymnasium Thursday afternoon, joined by household and buddies.
The Girl Cobra superior to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tennis match this yr after lacking it a yr in the past. Lancaster, who famous that her religion helped to encourage her faculty selection, was on a mission journey final fall through the 4A-7 convention match, conserving her from gaining a state match berth.
“Anytime we’ve anyone that goes and performs on the faculty stage, it is an honor,” Fountain Lake tennis coach Glenn Davis mentioned. “, Jordan, she really, really has improved her sport, by leaps and bounds from her junior yr to her senior yr. And her junior yr, through the district match week, she was really gone on a mission journey, so she missed that. So she missed her likelihood to qualify for state play, which this yr she received to state, received to the quarterfinals. And represented us properly, , and performed some actually good competitors and performed it properly.”
Lancaster goals to pursue a level in Bible and theology with the need to sometime go into Christian ministry.
“Covenant is a non-public college, and I need to attend a non-public college as a result of I need to go into ministry sometime,” she mentioned. “And so I need to take Bible lessons and lessons that can assist me attain what I need to do. And Covenant, it is only a lovely campus. And I like the thought of going out of state and simply exploring extra of the world that is not Arkansas.”
Davis mentioned that, to his data, Lancaster is probably going the primary tennis participant to signal to play on the collegiate stage, no less than in his 20 years on the college.
“We’re simply excited to have anyone go on,” he mentioned. “, I am unable to consider the final time anyone has gone on to play tennis on the subsequent stage from right here, in my 20 years right here. Now that is to not say that there have not been some however none that I do know of, , that I can recall.”
Lancaster mentioned that she is going to miss competing towards folks from everywhere in the state that she has gotten to know over time in addition to her teammates at Fountain Lake.
“I positively will miss enjoying USTA tournaments — these are just like the journey tournaments,” she mentioned. “These have been throughout Arkansas, however simply I’ve made like so many alternative buddies, like tennis buddies, after which I am gonna miss my workforce lots as a result of the Fountain Lake tennis workforce is simply the very best ambiance.”
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