Laurence Manning Academy's Katherine Matthews recently signed to play college tennis with Coker College in Hartsville. And she admits to being a bit surprised to have the opportunity.
"It means the world to me," Matthews said. "I can't believe it …
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"It means the world to me," Matthews said. "I can't believe it actually happened. It really feels like an honor to me."
Matthews said her getting to play tennis at the collegiate level actually came about in a roundabout way.
"Of course, I was searching for a college to go to, and I went to Coker for a visit, Matthews said. "It's a beautiful campus and I really loved it. I loved the people there.
"I began to talk to them (the Coker women's tennis coaching staff) about playing tennis," she added. "They asked me if I was sure I wanted to do this and I did. I'm excited."
Matthews said Coker wasn't the only offer available to her. She was also offered by the University of South Carolina Sumter.
"We (Laurence Manning) played our home matches at Palmetto Tennis Center since Manning doesn't have any tennis courts," Matthews said. "They saw me play and asked me if I would be interested."
Matthews said she decided upon Coker because of the fact it is a 4-year NCAA Division II school.
Matthews plans to major in interdisciplinary studies.
Matthews said she first started playing the sport when she was in the fifth grade. She has been playing for Laurence Manning since she was in the seventh grade.
Coker is a member of Conference Carolina. Its women's team was off to a 5-4 start this past year before the season was shut down to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coker went 4-15 in the 2019 season.
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