October 20, 2009
Durant Graduate Takes Tennis Skills to Ohio State University
By Tamas Mondovics
Recent Durant High School graduate and former Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) athlete Kara Cecil, has moved on, taking her tennis talent and lessons learned on and off the court to the college of her choice: Ohio State University (OSU).Cecil’s decision to commit to OSU to play Division I tennis was by no means a difficult choice, thanks to her love for both the sport and the location.“I love Ohio and, of course, to play tennis at OSU is pretty much everything I could have hoped for,” Cecil said, adding, “I believe it is a great fit for me.”BSAC’s HI Performance Junior Tennis program’s coach, Alex Golub, spoke highly of Cecil’s dedication and commitment to the sport, leaving little doubt to the reason for her success and opportunity to take her skills to an even higher level.“I have coached Kara for the past year-and-a-half, and she was always a top player,” Golub said, mentioning that for the past five months, with more determination than ever, Cecil has increased her training to be ready for college.Cecil is just one of many athletes who have trained in the BSAC tennis program, which started with zero players and, within the last couple of years, has grown into a formidable program, now boasting of more than 75 beginners to high performance players on its roster.“Besides Kara, our program has sent five players to Division I programs just last year,” Golub said. Confirming her coach’s positive outlook of the current program at BSAC, Cecil said, “I loved playing at BSAC and will miss the facility as well as everyone there who helped me to reach my goal.” Cecil also emphasized that her strength of the sport has to do with believing in herself and loving the game she has chosen, but said that while tennis will remain to be an important part of her life, it will stay in the right place.“I am busy with studying and working to do well at upcoming tournaments, but my main goal, right now, is to keep my life balanced,” she said.She gives one tip to those who are hoping to follow in her footsteps: “Love the sport, keep at it, but, most importantly, have fun.” For more information about the tennis program at the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, please visit www.mybsac.org.