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Ottawa senior Molly Angell (seated, center) committed to play tennis at Millikin University during a ceremony on Thursday. Also at the ceremony were her parents are Mary and Steven Angell (seated) as well as Ottawa girls tennis coach Steve Johnson. NewsTribune photo/Kevin Chlum
OTTAWA — When she went on an overnight visit to Millikin University, Ottawa senior Molly Angell knew it was the place for her.
“Coach (Dustin) Forman is rebuilding the team, and it was really cool,” Angell said. “I fit in with the girls immediately when I met them. It was just a great experience. The first time I met them it was awesome.”
So Angell committed Thursday to play tennis for the NCAA Division III school located in Decatur.
“I was always hoping to (play college tennis),” Angell said. “I loved high school tennis and I wondered what it would be like to play at the collegiate level. When I started getting coaches looking at me, it was like, ‘Oh my God, this is happening.’ Now, I’m really, really excited.”
Angell was the 2012 co-NewsTribune Girls Tennis Player of the Year along with doubles partner Kayla Guenther and a 2013 NT All-Area pick.
“I think she’ll do really well,” Ottawa coach Steve Johnson said. “Speaking to the Millikin coach very briefly, it sounded like she sound step in right away clearly in their top six — probably higher than that.
“I think the way she plays will work well (in college). She had great doubles experience and senior year got all that singles experience and you need to be able to do both at the college level.”
Angell, who also considered Aurora University, North Central College and Illinois Wesleyan University, plans to study nursing.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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