Southpaw Lauren Ramey played number one singles for the Saints and was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference’s tennis Player of the Year as well as an NAIA All-American.

Martin athlete earns All-American status as Aquinas College tennis player

Walt Kaechele, Senior Correspondent

MARTIN—The Clippers have had several outstanding athletes pass through their halls over the course of years, but this Martin athlete never set foot inside the school, because her sport was not offered

Martin resident and Aquinas college tennis player Lauren Ramey was named as a member of the 2014 NAIA All-American second team for her play on the courts this past season.

She is the first tennis player in Aquinas history to be so named, but it was something even Ramey was not looking for.

She said, “Becoming an All-American was nowhere on my radar when I started playing tennis for Aquinas. If you had asked me, ‘Do you want to be an All-American?’ my response to you would have been, ‘Huh?’

“I’m still not really sure what it means, but I know when I am older I will appreciate it a lot more.”

For Ramey, her accomplishments might not have quite set in just yet, but her Aquinas coach Steve Green knows what her play has done for the program.

In a kind of strange twist, Aquinas was always the school she wanted to go to, but tennis really wasn’t her top priority.

“I chose Aquinas, because before college, school wasn’t my strong point and I wanted to go to a small school where I felt like my professors would know me.” Ramey said.

“Aquinas proved to be a great school and I can’t say school isn’t my strong point anymore. I also chose Aquinas because, at the time, I didn’t necessarily love tennis and I couldn’t picture myself playing for hours upon hours everyday. I wanted to go to a school where I could continue to play but also go somewhere where tennis wasn’t the main focus.”

The focus changed for her in her sophomore year, according to Green.

He said, “I wasn’t here for her freshman year, but as a sophomore I think she began to appreciate tennis more. The program here has struggled a little in the past, but when Lauren got here she made some things happen."

For full story, pick up a copy of the Aug. 14 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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