Holloway signing

Alison Holloway (seated center) signs a letter of intent to play tennis for Quincy University. She is flanked by her parents, Drew Holloway and Anne Jones. Standing in back is Effingham High School coach Greg Brumleve.

Quincy University recently announced a news release about four high school tennis players joining the Hawks program for next season and one of those was Effingham High School graduate Alison Holloway.

The daughter of Drew Holloway and Anne Jones will be majoring in sports management and accounting while she is also playing tennis.

"I chose Quincy because it's smaller and more personable," said Holloway. "I also chose it because they have the academic programs I want and the campus is very pretty."

Holloway earned several honors while playing tennis for the Hearts. She picked up the most valuable underclassman award as a freshman, the most valuable player award in doubles as a sophomore and junior, most valuable singles award as a senior, was team captain as a junior and senior, won the Holly Nosbisch Memorial Scholarship as a senior and was a state qualifier as a senior.

She also was in the Academic Hall of Fame, National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students. She was a member of the Pep Club, Spanish Club and C.L.O.W.N.S.

"I need to work on putting more top spin on my ground strokes," said Holloway. "I need to fine tune my volleys and I need to become more consistent overall. My strengths include my serves, my versatility and my love of the game."

"Alison had a lot of success in high school and is a winner," said Quincy University Coach Bill LaTour. "I also look for players with upside potential and I think that Alison has a tremendous amount of potential to become an even much better player.

"I expect her to step in and contribute to our success as a freshman playing both singles and doubles. Her personality is laid back, but intense on the court and I think this balance will allow her to fit in perfectly with the others on the team."

Joining the team with Holloway will be Michelle Bertelsman from Belleville, Bernadette Hayden from St. Louis, Mo. and Anele Novak from Lafayette, Ind. Veteran players returning are Jackie Ostermiller from Quincy, Kati Duckworth from Collinsville and Sarah Harris from Greenwood, Ind.

"I expect a lot of success with next year's program," said LaTour. "We had a tough year last season when our No. 1 player graduated in December and one freshman varsity player decided not to return for the spring semester for personal reasons. I knew I had to go out and get some players for this fall and we were able to do that. I am only losing one senior from the spring team this past year and have added four new freshmen including Alison.

"Alison will play both singles and doubles and I expect her to be somewhere in the middle of the lineup for both. With all of the new players coming next year it's tough to say exactly where everyone will play until we get them all on the court together, but Alison will play a big part in making us a much deeper and competitive team in a very tough conference."

"It has been a complete joy for me to be able to coach Alison for the past four years," said EHS Coach Greg Brumleve. "During her high school career she was a varsity player every year, achieved Apollo All-Conference honors for three years, was team captain for two years and also competed at the state tennis tournament.

"This combination of tennis and academic scholarship not only shows testament to her great work on the court but also in the classroom. Alison has very solid fundamentals with an excellent understanding of the game.,

"These factors coupled with her hard work ethic and super coachability will allow Alison to take her game to the next level at Quincy."

Millie Lange can be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 124 or millie.lange@effinghamdailynews.com

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