EDWARDSVILLE — Compared to many of her teammates on the Edwardsville girls’ tennis team, Kasey Schroeder doesn’t have much experience, but that didn’t prevent her from earning a college scholarship.
Schroeder, who has been playing the game for only two years, recently signed a letter of intent to play for the women’s tennis team at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.
“I’m so excited — I never thought that I would be able to play tennis in college,” Schroeder said. “Plus, I’m close to my family, so they can come and watch me.”
Lewis and Clark, under coach Bron Wilkerson, has earned six consecutive trips to the NJCAA Division I national tournament. EHS coach Dave Lipe helped provide Schroeder with a connection to the Trailblazers’ program.
“Right after we got done with our season, coach Lipe was helping me get in touch with the coaches and I met with them and it was great,” Schroeder said. “The courts there are just amazing and it’s a really nice campus, so I’m excited for next year.”
Schroeder also considered Illinois State University, but only for academics. But the opportunity to play tennis at Lewis and Clark was too good to pass up.
“The junior college decision is such a smart way to go and being able to play tennis was a big driving force,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder plans to major in education at Lewis and Clark and someday hopes to teach high school history.
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