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|Moak makes history at LSU-Shreveport|
Katie Moak of Ferriday may not be playing at Wimbledom one day, but she's in the record books at the NAIA school.
Moak became the first-ever athlete to sign with LSU-Shreveport's inaugural tennis team, which will begin play in 2010.
"It's kind of unbelievable," Moak said. "I had never really considered playing college tennis."
Moak is a sophomore at LSU-Shreveport, where she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average her first two years, majoring in Biology.
"I came up here for the medical program," said Moak, the daughter of Dr. Huey and Penny Moak. "I heard they had a good program here."
Moak heard LSU-Shreveport was starting up a tennis team next year, so she talked with LSU-S Athletic Director Doug Robinson.
"I told him I was interested and they offered me a scholarship," Moak said.
"Everyone at Katie's high school says she is incredible, and that's what we need," Robinson said. "I really enjoy the town, the school and all the people."
Moak graduated from Huntington School Ferriday, La. in 2007 where she played tennis for five years. In 7th and 8th grade, she played No. 2 girls doubles.
As a sophomore, Moak played No. 1 girls doubles and in her junior and senior years she played mixed doubles.
"I had never really considered playing tennis until now," Moak said. "I guess I just missed playing so much and I was ready to start again."
Moak said she knows balancing sports and academics can be a challenge.
"That was my concern, how it will affect my classes," Moak said. "I'll talk to my teachers about it and let them know when I have to leave for matches and what make-up work I will have. I know it might be hard to keep up with, but I don't think it will be a big problem. I'll just do the best I can."
Moak said the school is still working out all the details on the first tennis season.
"They haven't put a schedule together yet," she said.
And Moak knows this will mean she will have to get more serious about her game.
"It's been a while since I have played 'all out'," she said. "I'm going to get back into this summer and see what tournaments are available. I haven't played as extensively since high school. I've always been a stronger doubles player, but it doesn't matter what I play. It's all pretty amazing. I'm anxious to get back into it."
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