Williams commits with Abilene Christian to play NCAA D1 tennis

January 10, 2014

Whitney Williams TennisWhen three-time Alaska high school tennis champion Whitney Williams of Anchorage considered which college to pick, she made a wish list.

“I wanted to know at least one person before I went there. I wanted to be close to family. I wanted it to be Division I,” she told me.

At Abilene Christian University in Texas she will get hit the trifecta.

Williams, of South High fame, has made a verbal committed to play tennis for the Wildcats, which just moved up to the D1 level this season as a member of the Southland Conference. She plans to sign her letter of intent in April and be eligible this fall.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “When I had my official visit I met the team and everyone was super nice and I almost have two other friends convinced to go there next year.”

Williams has family in Dallas and San Antonio. She visited the campus with her father and fell in love with it immediately.

“It was perfect from the beginning,” she said.

Williams, 18, is a top-ranked doubles player in the Pacific Northwest region and has been the best singles player in Alaska since 2011.

She picked Abilene Christian over other offers from Eastern Washington, Dallas Baptist, Portland and Iowa State.

“From what the coach told me he sees me playing 1 or 2 doubles and maybe in the middle for singles my first year,” she said. “It’s going to be so much fun. This is what I’ve been praying for and asking for, to be able to train at a national level for four years. It’s really exactly what I want. I think everything is working out the way I had always hoped.”

Williams joins a small group of Alaskans to play college tennis, with even fewer going to the NCAA D1 level.

“Everywhere I go I don’t only represent myself, I represent Alaska too,” she said. “Since I moved here [in 2010] everyone has always wanted the best for me and always bent over backwards to help me out through tennis and becoming Miss Alaska Teen USA. I am truly thankful.”