Missouri Valley / Iowa

Iowa Players Commit to Play College Tennis

Andrea Gallagher | February 24, 2021


Congratulations to Iowa junior players in the Class of 2021 who have signed to play tennis at the next level!  Here's the story of Will Blevins  -  who has signed to play college tennis at Drake University. 


Will Blevins has been playing tennis since he was in kindergarten. He actually picked up the sport after playing Nintendo Wii tennis and has never looked back. 



“If it wasn’t for that game I wouldn’t have picked up a racquet,” he said. “When I started going to summer tennis camps I liked the environment the coaches would bring to practice and I think that is what kept me interested in it for all these years.”



Fast forward twelve years later and he’s about to start his last season of high school tennis for Ankeny’s Centennial High School, then he’ll head up the road and play at Drake University in the fall. 



“My number one goal for the end of my high school career is to win a state title,” he said. “After last year being canceled due to Covid I have trained very hard to go out and win the championship.” 

Blevins plays both singles and doubles in tournaments, but has played No. 1 singles every year in high school. He likes both, but singles is definitely his strength. He won districts freshman and sophomore year, and placed as high as fourth at state. 



“My goals for college are to train hard everyday and to eventually make it into the lineup where I can help Drake win meets,”  he added. 



“He is a fantastic gifted player and an even better person,” said his high school coach, Tami Lewton. “Drake is truly blessed that he chose to play there. I think he is hungry and will continue to improve in college. I think he will become an integral member of their team.”


Blevins said he will possibly study pre-law while at Drake and is looking forward to the whole college experience.



Several junior players from Iowa in the Class of 2021 have committed to further their playing career in college. Have an addition to the list? Reach out to us at webupdate@movalley.usta.com.   


Paige Bily - St. Ambrose University 

Miyako Coffey - Hope College 

Will Ecklund - Drake University (Waukee)

Caroline Hutchinson - Wartburg College 

Natalie Kaiser - Wartburg College 

Cam Luhring - University of Nebraska Omaha (Aplington-Parkersburg)

Julian Nemmers - Wartburg College (Dubuque Senior)

Sydney Stout - Wartburg College 

Tricia Veldhuizen - Iowa Central Community College 

AJ Wilkins - Wartburg College (Grinnell)

Eli Young - Luther College (Iowa City West)


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