Three Central Alabama Community College women’s tennis players signed with four-year programs last week. Kristina LaBoone signed with Huntingdon College while Morgan Bishop and Olivia Hayes signed with the University of West Alabama.
All three were champions in the Alabama Community College Conference this season — LaBoone in No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles, and Hayes in No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles with Bishop.
“All three are extremely hard workers,” CACC coach Wes Coleman said. “Their will to win stands out to me. They all have the ability to change their game depending on what it took to win a match.”
Bishop, who was 22-11 in singles at CACC, said she considered giving up tennis after this year and finishing college at the University of North Alabama.
“I visited West Alabama and liked the campus and the coach but then I thought maybe I don’t want to play anymore,” she said. “Maybe I would go back home and go to UNA my last two years. I had felt it was maybe the right time to end it. Then (UWA) coach (Jeff) Beaman called coach Coleman and asked if the door was still open for me to come there and I looked back into it. I still love the game. When he called me, it seemed like a sign.”
Hayes thought about moving closer to home and attending UAB but decided she wanted to continue playing with Bishop at West Alabama.
“My doubles definitely improved (at CACC),” Hayes said. “My net game wasn’t a strength when I came there but it’s the strongest part of my game now.”
LaBoone said she was noticed by Huntingdon coach Ximena Moore when the Trojans played the Hawks this season.
“I won my match,” said LaBoone, who was 19-12 in singles at CACC. “She was interested in me and when I visited I really liked it.”